muf·​fu·​let·​ta | \ ˌmə-fə-ˈle-tə How to pronounce muffuletta (audio) \
variants: or less commonly muffaletta

Definition of muffuletta

: a sandwich made with round Italian bread and filled usually with cold cuts, cheese, and olive salad The muffuletta is one of the great sandwiches of New Orleans.

Examples of muffuletta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Galbo is credited with creating the Liuzza's Frenchuletta, recasting a muffuletta on a po-boy loaf. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer,, "Liuzza’s Restaurant & Bar, classic Creole-Italian restaurant in New Orleans, up for sale," 24 Nov. 2020 The French Quarter market now uses Goldbelly to ship muffuletta packs, with two sandwiches in each, and jars of its olive salad. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer,, "Gumbo on your wish list? Shipping dishes becomes lifeline for New Orleans restaurants," 27 Nov. 2020 The house sandwich is the Frenchuletta, a hot muffuletta built on a long run of French bread. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer,, "Liuzza’s Restaurant & Bar, classic Creole-Italian restaurant in New Orleans, up for sale," 24 Nov. 2020 The inventive Italian ‘Letta combines a traditional hoagie with a muffuletta. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "5 new must-try sandwiches in Houston, from a seafood po'boy to a schnitzel-inspired special," 6 Oct. 2020 Their muffuletta bread and seasonal Mardi Gras King Cakes were sourced from the New Orleans classic, Gambino’s Bakery. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "Business roundups: Popular Kingwood eatery Zachary’s Cajun Cafe closes its doors amid coronavirus," 13 July 2020 But Hereford wants to pay homage to the muffuletta, not recreate it. Kate Krader,, "The Sandwich to End All Sandwiches, Direct From a Top Chef’s Fridge," 14 May 2020 Still others, like the muffuletta sandwich from Central Grocery & Deli in New Orleans, are shipped exactly as is. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, "Far From Home? These Regional Comfort Foods Can Be Shipped To Your Door," 29 Apr. 2020 Roasted red peppers make a great addition to a classic muffuletta. Saveur, "Bell Pepper Recipes," 28 July 2014

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First Known Use of muffuletta

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for muffuletta

probably from Italian dialect, from Italian muffoletta little muff, diminutive of muffola muff, from French moufle, from Middle French

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28 Jan 2021

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“Muffuletta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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