panini

noun
pa·​ni·​ni | \ pə-ˈnē-nē How to pronounce panini (audio) \
variants: or less commonly panino \ pə-​ˈnē-​nō How to pronounce panini (audio) \
plural panini or paninis

Definition of panini

: a usually grilled sandwich made with Italian bread

Note: Panini is a plural form in Italian but is commonly used as both a singular and a plural in English. Its use as a singular has given rise the variant plural form paninis. The use of panino as a singular form in English has become relatively uncommon as panini has become established as the usual singular.

On each visit, someone at our table invariably orders a panini— Jodi Wright At the back of the shop are paninis, freshly brewed coffee and two tubs of homemade soups.— M. H. Reed

Examples of panini in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many panini presses and electric grills only have two settings: on or off. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Panini presses that splendidly squash sandwiches and more," 22 Feb. 2021 The shop will even have a specialized panini-style press that can warm and caramelize the cookies while keeping the ice cream intact. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "The old St. Paul Izzy's will see new life as Nellie's, an ice cream sandwich shop," 22 Dec. 2020 Serve on crostini, toss it with pasta for an appetizer, use it as a panini spread or stir the bruschetta topping into a bowl of chicken soup. chicagotribune.com, "EatingWell: Versatile bruschetta recipe is quick and easy," 29 Dec. 2020 Corner Bakery Cafe: On Tuesday and Wednesday, buy a sandwich or panini and get a second one free at participating locations, which are listed at www.cornerbakerycafe.com/offers. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Free food for Election Day: Get freebies at McDonald's, Wendy's, Krispy Kreme and National Sandwich Day deals Tuesday," 3 Nov. 2020 At Kayla’s Kitchen and Closet, located in tiny Park Falls, Wis., the menu offers soups, salads and a spicy blackberry bacon panini. Washington Post, "America’s biggest companies are flourishing during the pandemic and putting thousands of people out of work," 16 Dec. 2020 At Kayla’s Kitchen and Closet, located in tiny Park Falls, Wis., the menu offers soups, salads and a spicy blackberry bacon panini. Anchorage Daily News, "America’s biggest companies flourished during the pandemic but put 100,000 out of work and rewarded investors, analysis shows," 16 Dec. 2020 Corner Bakery Cafe: On Tuesday and Wednesday, buy a sandwich or panini and get a second one free at participating locations, which are listed at www.cornerbakerycafe.com/offers. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Free food for Election Day: Get freebies at McDonald's, Wendy's, Krispy Kreme and National Sandwich Day deals Tuesday," 3 Nov. 2020 Corner Bakery Cafe: On Tuesday and Wednesday, buy a sandwich or panini and get a second one free at participating locations, which are listed at www.cornerbakerycafe.com/offers. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Free food for Election Day: Get freebies at McDonald's, Wendy's, Krispy Kreme and National Sandwich Day deals Tuesday," 3 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of panini

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for panini

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

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Last Updated

26 Feb 2021

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“Panini.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/panini. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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