or·​zo ˈȯrd-(ˌ)zō How to pronounce orzo (audio)
: rice-shaped pasta

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The only exception was orzo rice—about 5 percent remained on the tile and hardwood floors at the end of the test. Kathleen Felton, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 May 2023 Similarly, a roasted okra, green beans and paneer with green chutney and lime was a delight that made a weeknight meal far less mundane, and a sheet pan orzo with broccoli and mozzarella sent my imagination in a multitude of directions for my own spin on the idea. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2022 Serve with cooked rice, orzo or farro, or over slices of toasted bread. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Jan. 2022 Our thoughts: The orzo was a nice change of pace in the pasta department, but the spinach was inconsistent -- some crunchy, some wilted. cleveland, 23 Nov. 2021 Advertisement Serve it with orzo, rice or crusty bread for sopping up the luscious juices. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2023 Add spinach, mushrooms and orzo. Catherine Lo, Good Housekeeping, 13 Jan. 2021 Add salt and boil the other half of the orzo. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2023 Along with noodle kugel and potato latkes, there are appetizing cases selling spreads and salads by the half-pound (including hummus, macaroni, Greek orzo, chicken and tuna), plus 14 fresh-baked bagel flavors, bialys and flagels (aka flat bagels). Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 31 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


Italian, literally, barley, from Latin hordeum — more at orgeat

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of orzo was in 1917

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Cite this Entry

“Orzo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orzo. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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