min·​e·​stro·​ne | \ˌmi-nə-ˈstrō-nē, -ˈstrōn \

Definition of minestrone 

: a rich thick vegetable soup usually with dried beans and pasta (such as macaroni or vermicelli)

Examples of minestrone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

This light, brothy take brims with full-flavored summer vegetables for a colorful minestrone that can be put together in a mere half-hour or so. David Tanis, New York Times, "A Soup for All Seasons (Even Summer)," 6 July 2018 Stewart’s minestrone tasted clean, classic and simple, despite using many more ingredients. Daniel Neman, charlotteobserver, "Cooking from scratch faces off with semi-homemade | Charlotte Observer," 20 Mar. 2018 Grandma Rose recommends the lentil soup, minestrone, or the tomato basil. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "The Houston Restaurant That Astronauts—and My Grandparents—Hit Up for Lunch," 6 June 2018 March 15 - Went into Boston and had an Italian dinner of minestrone, spaghetti & meat balls & pizza. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018 The tomato is so overwhelming that the minestrone seems like a tomato soup with vegetables, plus some angel-hair noodles. Daniel Neman, charlotteobserver, "Cooking from scratch faces off with semi-homemade | Charlotte Observer," 20 Mar. 2018 This not-really-that-hearty minestrone really makes its mark with mushy soft orzo and the occasional kidney bean that floats around like the reason the whole pool had to be drained last summer. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "6 New Trader Joe's Products, Plus Something Called a ‘Blarney Scone,‘ Reviewed," 14 Mar. 2018 Dinner comes with assorted antipasti, a cup of minestrone and an iceberg salad. Beth Spotswood, San Francisco Chronicle, "A slice of old San Francisco in an avocado-toast-free zone," 21 Feb. 2018 Best of the bunch: Gratis wine tastes, minestrone, spaghetti with meatballs, tiramisu. Tom Sietsema, chicagotribune.com, "America's top 10 chain restaurants ranked," 13 Dec. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'minestrone.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of minestrone

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for minestrone

borrowed from Italian, from minestra "any of various soups or dishes similar to minestrone" (noun derivative of minestrare, ministrare "to provide, serve, dish up," going back to Latin ministrāre "to serve, minister entry 2") + -one, augmentative suffix (going back to Latin -ō, -ōn-, suffix of nouns denoting persons with a prominent feature)

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about minestrone

Share minestrone

Dictionary Entries near minestrone








Statistics for minestrone

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for minestrone

The first known use of minestrone was in 1871

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for minestrone



English Language Learners Definition of minestrone

: a thick Italian soup that is usually made with beans, vegetables, and pasta

More from Merriam-Webster on minestrone

See words that rhyme with minestrone

Comments on minestrone

What made you want to look up minestrone? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


full of whispering sounds

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!