mar·​i·​na·​ra ˌmer-ə-ˈner-ə How to pronounce marinara (audio) -ˈnär- How to pronounce marinara (audio)
: made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, and spices
marinara sauce
also : served with marinara sauce
spaghetti marinara

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Make the ketchup: Combine 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce, 3 tablespoons chili seasoning, and chipotles in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Country Living, 4 Apr. 2011 Top with remaining 1½ cups marinara sauce and remaining mozzarella. Bon Appetit, 19 Sep. 2017

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Word History


Italian (alla) marinara, literally, in sailor style

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of marinara was in 1924

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Cite this Entry

“Marinara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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