min·​e·​stro·​ne | \ ˌmi-nə-ˈstrō-nē How to pronounce minestrone (audio) , -ˈstrōn How to pronounce minestrone (audio) \

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 Suave tannins, a lick of minestrone and apricot on the finish. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 31 July 2022 High in fiber and made with whole ingredients, this heart-healthy minestrone is just what the doctor ordered. Kelsey Ogletree, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Aug. 2022 Aromas of blue and red fruit and a beautiful midpalate of minestrone and blueberries. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 Orange tart and minestrone and scents of a country hedgerow on the nose. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 Minestre and minestrone, similar but not identical, are two common soup examples. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 Powerful, crisp, dark and layered aromas of violets, minestrone, bourbon chocolate biscuits, tobacco and sage. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 The idea for a spring green spin on minestrone came to me after reading about minestras and pasta e fagioli, and generally about the muddled definitions of soups and stews in Italian and other cuisines. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 Think licorice, cherry and minestrone aromas followed by a stew of mocha and blackberry flavors. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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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)

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The first known use of minestrone was in 1871

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“Minestrone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minestrone. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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