moz·​za·​rel·​la ˌmät-sə-ˈre-lə How to pronounce mozzarella (audio)
: a moist white unsalted unripened cheese of mild flavor and a smooth rubbery texture

Examples of mozzarella in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Add garnishes, and serve: Transfer to a serving platter, and sprinkle with basil and mozzarella. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 6 Sep. 2023 Rather than adding sauce, pile this brunch recipe high with double the cheese—cheddar and mozzarella. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Sep. 2023 The lasagna sandwiches four types of cheese (ricotta, Parmesan, Romano and mozzarella) and a Bolognese sauce between pasta sheets. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 25 Aug. 2023 The three-cheese blend -- cheddar, mozzarella, and pepper jack -- was pretty bland, which is remarkable considering how much of it there is. Joey Morona, cleveland, 25 Aug. 2023 Reset your caprese salad by layering slices of fresh mozzarella with spoonful of tomato confit. Martha Holmberg, Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2023 Jamie D'Angelo has owned New Way Bar since 2013, As for food, there are plenty of options, including chicken tenders, burgers, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, and wings. Marina Johnson, Detroit Free Press, 11 Aug. 2023 If using, fill blossom with tapenade and fresh mozzarella. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Sep. 2023 Indulge in the bruschetta with burrata and artichokes and a Margherita pizza with fresh mozzarella di bufala DOP at Isola Pizza Bar, or taste the decadent short rib pappardelle at Civico 1845. Giovanna Caravetta, Travel + Leisure, 1 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Italian, diminutive of mozza, a kind of cheese, from mozzare to cut off, from mozzo cut off, docked, from Vulgar Latin *mutius, alteration of Latin mutilus

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mozzarella was in 1911

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“Mozzarella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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moz·​za·​rel·​la ˌmät-sə-ˈrel-ə How to pronounce mozzarella (audio)
: a moist white rubbery mild-flavored cheese that is much used in Italian cooking

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