man·​i·​cot·​ti ˌma-nə-ˈkä-tē How to pronounce manicotti (audio)
plural manicotti
: tubular pasta shells that may be stuffed with ricotta or a meat mixture
also : a dish of stuffed manicotti usually with tomato sauce

Examples of manicotti in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ricotta is probably most famous as the mild-tasting white Italian cheese that is unceremoniously stuffed into ravioli, manicotti and pasta shells, or the soft white curds that the picky eater in the family shuns in lasagna. Gretchen McKay, New York Daily News, 4 Apr. 2024 Americans refer to this type of pasta as either manicotti, meaning sleeves, or cannelloni. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 18 Oct. 2023 Cook manicotti according to package directions. cleveland, 9 June 2020 Cover with plenty of shredded mozzarella and bake the authentic Italian manicotti recipe until bubbly and golden brown. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Dec. 2022 Dine-in dinners include choice of side (one piece manicotti, fries, vegetables or pizza) slaw, roll and butter, dessert and beverage. Marc Bona, cleveland, 18 Mar. 2022

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Word History


Italian, plural of manicotto muff, from manica sleeve, from Latin, from manus hand

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of manicotti was in 1940

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Cite this Entry

“Manicotti.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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man·​i·​cot·​ti ˌman-ə-ˈkät-ē How to pronounce manicotti (audio)
plural manicotti
: pasta in the shape of tubes often stuffed with meat or cheese
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