mor·​ta·​del·​la | \ ˌmȯr-tə-ˈde-lə How to pronounce mortadella (audio) \

Definition of mortadella

: a large smoked sausage made of beef, pork, and pork fat and seasoned with pepper and garlic

Examples of mortadella in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those flavors all provide a perfect contrast and complement to the salty mortadella. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Oct. 2021 Italian cheeses such as asiago, grana dadano, gorgonzola and provolone are also tariff-free now, as are Italian salami and mortadella and the lemony liqueur limoncello. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 16 June 2021 Salami could become ham or mortadella, and artichoke hearts could be swapped for roasted red peppers. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 June 2021 Replace the entire panel of The View with these two and a block of mortadella. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 17 Mar. 2021 Nine of the ill people reported eating Italian-style meats, such as salami, mortadella and proscuitto, the CDC said. Brooke Baitinger,, 23 Oct. 2020 Meanwhile, the Sprezzatura — aside from being the best name for a pizza in town — evokes the studied ease of its namesake, sheets of mellow mortadella touched with just a faint drizzle of pistachio pesto. Dominic Armato, azcentral, 7 June 2020 His is crafted from the usual suspects: cured meats such as mortadella and soppressata, along with provolone cheese and the makings of an olive relish. Kate Krader,, 14 May 2020 Pick a protein Bring on the deli meats (salami! prosciutto! mortadella!) and tinned fish (anchovies! octopus! mussels escabeche!), and don’t be afraid to mix and match. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of mortadella

1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mortadella

Italian, from Latin murtatum sausage seasoned with myrtle berries, from murtus myrtle

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“Mortadella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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