pan·​et·​to·​ne ˌpä-nə-ˈtō-nē How to pronounce panettone (audio)
: a usually yeast-leavened bread containing raisins and candied fruit

Examples of panettone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The American panettone revolution has so far been spearheaded by Mr. Shvartzapel, who baked at Balthazar, Bouchon Bakery and Pierre Hermé in Paris, where panettone is popular. Julia Moskin, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2022 In Eastern Orthodox families, a meal after midnight Mass breaks the Lenten fast with a number of cold meat items, including sausages, and the desserts are always a domed cake called kulich (similar to Italian panettone) and syrna paska, an unbaked farmer’s cheese pudding. John Mariani, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Pezzella then brought out her legendary panettone. Gisela Williams, New York Times, 21 Apr. 2023 Pair it with a dessert like tiramisu (which, according to Nogera, has to be on the menu otherwise there would be a customer revolt) or the current seasonal favorite, Panettone di Bignè alla Nocciola, a gourmet version of panettone, which hails from Milan, with hazelnut chantilly and caramel butter. Devorah Lev-Tov, Robb Report, 6 Dec. 2021 Some of the creative takes on the classics include roasted garlic babka, cappellini clams Casino, Osetra caviar gnocchi, whole roasted lobster and Calabrian campanelle, chicken Scarpariello rigatoni, and desserts like tiramisu ice cream cake, and sticky toffee panettone with ricotta ice cream. William Li, Town & Country, 20 Mar. 2023 And for dessert, the restaurant has devised tiramisu ice cream cake or sticky toffee panettone to round things out. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 14 Feb. 2023 Some of the most common dishes at the Guerreiro table are the bacalhau (salted cod), fruit or chocolate panettone, and rice with raisins and turkey. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Dec. 2021 An article last Wednesday about where to buy panettone misstated the name and location of a Minnesota bakery. New York Times, 28 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


Italian, from panetto small loaf, diminutive of pane bread, from Latin panis — more at food

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of panettone was in 1841

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“Panettone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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