lin·​gui·​ne | \ liŋ-ˈgwē-nē How to pronounce linguine (audio) \
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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Recent Examples on the Web Marinucci, who also previously cooked at Mister Jiu’s, makes tagliatelle, whole wheat pappardelle, squid ink spaghetti and even a vegan semolina linguine. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 May 2021 Plate linguine and vegetable mix; top with remaining cheese. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 May 2021 When the linguine is about 3 minutes from being done, add the heavy cream to the butter broth and turn the heat to medium. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Apr. 2021 Add the linguine to the boiling water and cook until al dente. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Apr. 2021 Stir in the linguine and half the breadcrumbs and toss to combine. Star Tribune, 9 Apr. 2021 Any hearty pasta shape such as spaghetti, linguine or rigatoni can be used instead of fettuccine. Katy Severson,, 22 Mar. 2021 Try the gnocchi Sorrentino, linguine and clam sauce, or and stuffed zucchini flowers and caprese salad. Jeanne O'brien Coffey, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 Add 18 ounces fresh linguine and cook according to the package directions. Megan Splawn,, 8 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of linguine was circa 1948

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13 Jun 2021

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“Linguine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of linguine

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


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