muf·​fu·​let·​ta ˌmə-fə-ˈle-tə How to pronounce muffuletta (audio)
variants or less commonly muffaletta
: 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 Plus, a New Orleans-style sandwich shop is slinging its own delicious take on the classic muffuletta, and San Francisco’s only Tunisian restaurant has arrived. Mario Cortez, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 May 2023 Across the country it’s draped across pizzas and stuffed into sandwiches, like New Orleans’s iconic muffuletta and even a riff on the Japanese katsu sando. Bettina Makalintal, Bon Appétit, 8 Dec. 2021 For the muffuletta, though, Daisy’s bakes their own focaccia, before slicing and stuffing the round bread with meat, cheese and a decidedly Chicago-style condiment. Louisa Chu, Chicago Tribune, 7 Sep. 2022 At Alberto’s Cheese and Wine Bistro, determined epicureans try to get their mouths around a thick-as-the-Bible muffuletta. Tracey Teo, ajc, 21 July 2022 Much like how a sea voyage turns plain old fortified wine into Madeira, flying deepens and melds the muffuletta’s flavors, turning a superior sandwich into a phenomenon. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 10 June 2022 Menu items include pumpkin toast, Sicilian muffuletta sandwich and a take on the Italian shakerato featuring espresso shots shaken over ice to create a foamy head and finished with a milk float. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 14 Sep. 2021 Tap into the latter with the turkey and Brie ($12), heaped with bacon, apples and roasted garlic aioli on a French roll; or the muffuletta (half $11, whole $20), their take on the multi-meat New Orleans handheld with Cajun olive salad. Nicole Schnitzler,, 31 Aug. 2021 Central Grocery, famous for its muffuletta, has shipped its signature sandwich for years, which family owner Tommy Tusa said has been a good sideline for their business. Ian McNulty | Staff Writer,, 27 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of muffuletta was in 1967

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“Muffuletta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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