pan·​cet·​ta (ˌ)pan-ˈche-tə How to pronounce pancetta (audio)
: unsmoked bacon used especially in Italian cuisine

Examples of pancetta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a medium pot over medium-high heat, fry the bacon or pancetta until crisp and browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Melissa Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2024 Reserve menus will also newly feature three Princi Avocado Toast varieties, with toppings like pancetta, egg, and cherry tomatoes. Lauren Phillips, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Mar. 2024 Meaty bite: Add a rich touch with crisp bacon or pancetta. Micah A Leal, Southern Living, 6 Mar. 2024 Blue Collar classics will remain, of course: The Billy Corben sandwich (brisket with latkes and applesauce), the cheeseburger and The Big Ragout (brisket, veal shoulder, pork shoulder, pancetta and rigatoni) all remain. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 1 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for pancetta 

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Word History


Italian, from diminutive of pancia belly, paunch, from Latin pantic-, pantex

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pancetta was in 1841

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Cite this Entry

“Pancetta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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