Definition of linguine
: narrow flat pasta
Did You Know?
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.
Variants of linguine
Origin and Etymology of linguine
Italian, plural of linguina, diminutive of lingua tongue, from Latin
First Known Use: circa 1948
LINGUINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of linguine for English Language Learners
: a type of pasta that is long, thin, and flat
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