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

Examples of panini in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The jasmine salad and chicken pesto panini make for a particularly satisfying lunch, especially coupled with a tea or coffee. Los Angeles Times, "The best place to make 2020 resolutions is in Pacific Palisades: Four Hours," 4 Jan. 2020 Lunch items include a schnitzel sandwich, panini's, soups and salads. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "New Royal Oak restaurant Essen on Main offers European cuisine," 17 Dec. 2019 Early reviews raved about everything from Posey’s brownies and cookies to the fig-anise panini rolls to the sandwiches made, of course, using fresh-baked bread. oregonlive, "One of Portland’s oldest and best bakeries is closing," 2 Dec. 2019 The stand features burrata imported from Italy in an assortment of meat- or vegetable-layered panini and grain bowls. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "A ‘Breaking Bad’ restaurant opens in West Hollywood this week," 15 Oct. 2019 Pope's Olio has creative snacks, like the mashed-carrot bruschetta, as well as smart comfort fare, like panini and polenta fries. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Where to eat at Houston airports, IAH & Hobby," 11 Oct. 2019 Complementing its lineup of six flagship beers and rotating list of seasonal brews is an extensive menu with panini, sandwiches and salads. Justin Franz, Washington Post, "In Montana, a nonprofit, mostly volunteer-run resort with some of the country’s best skiing," 30 Oct. 2019 Extras All’Antico Vinaio, a celebrated panini shop from Florence, Italy, is coming to Mozza2Go from Oct. 21-27. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "A ‘Breaking Bad’ restaurant opens in West Hollywood this week," 15 Oct. 2019 Handheld meals include empanadas at La Sonrisa, Italian panini at Tastalu, Venezuelan hot dogs at Perros Y Vainas, gourmet ice cream sandwiches at Melt and paletas (Mexican ice pops) at La Newyorkina. Andrea Sachs,, "Take a walk on New York's High Line from end-to-end," 2 July 2018

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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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11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Panini.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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