lin·gui·ne | \liŋ-ˈgwē-nē \
variants: or linguini

Definition of linguine 

: narrow flat pasta

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The modern language closest to Latin is Italian, and the Italian word linguine means literally "little tongues". Linguine is only one of the types of pasta whose names describes their shapes. Others include spaghetti ("little strings"), fettuccine ("little ribbons"), penne ("little quills"), orzo ("barley"), farfalle ("butterflies"), vermicelli ("little worms"), capellini ("little hairs"), fusilli ("little spindles"), and radiatori ("little radiators"). If you're thinking about learning Italian, you could make a good start by just visiting an Italian restaurant.

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The fresh linguine with local littlenecks was bland, its light broth lacking a clammy punch. Craig Laban,, "Atlantic City restaurants: New casinos, diverse independent spots create rising culinary energy," 6 July 2018 Helpful hints: ▪ Spaghetti or linguine can be used instead of spaghettini. Linda Gassenheimer, charlotteobserver, "Clams and spaghettini make an easy dinner for 2," 6 July 2018 Grab a seat on the upper deck under the wisteria, and try the Low Country linguine with sautéed crawfish and mushrooms ($13) or seafood ravioli with dill sauce ($14). Colleen Creamer, New York Times, "36 Hours in Chattanooga," 24 May 2018 Toss vegetables with shrimp linguine, pasta cooking water, lemon peel, and parsley. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Shrimp and Zucchini Scampi," 3 Sep. 2015 The standards — cheese ravioli, egg fettuccine and rigatoni — are rounded out by rarities like gemelli, which is colloquially called unicorn horns, squid-ink linguine and custom-order fusi sheets. New York Times, "The Long-Running Pasta Show of Queens," 15 May 2018 The expansive menu also includes salads, calzones, pasta and entrees like hogfish piccata and clams and linguine. Shayne Benowitz, miamiherald, "Stock Island is Key West's laid-back neighbor. Here's why you should go | Miami Herald," 5 Apr. 2018 This early-summer spin on linguine alle vongole, aka pasta with clams, brings peas, pea leaves and smoky-sweet chiles de árbol to the traditional twirl of spaghetti, tender bits of clam and buttery, briny pan sauce. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "A Linguine-With-Clams Upgrade," 8 June 2018 My inadvertent catch of the day was quickly cooked into linguine with fresh parsley and white wine sauce for a perfect farewell dinner to beautiful New Zealand. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Before She Was Royal: Meghan Markle's Camper Van Road Trip Through New Zealand," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of linguine

circa 1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for linguine

Italian, plural of linguina, diminutive of lingua tongue, from Latin

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English Language Learners Definition of linguine

: a type of pasta that is long, thin, and flat

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