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 The eatery also offers a selection of panini sandwiches, salads, and soups for those seeking bigger entrees. AccessAtlanta, 18 June 2022 Italy is a country of panini -- bread rolls that are grilled as sandwiches. Julia Buckley, CNN, 27 May 2022 This deli in Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury takes the angst out of pizza night with a large subs menu, plus gluten-free pies, salads, panini, and burgers (black bean, turkey, or beef), thoughtfully served with gluten-free french fries., 18 May 2021 In addition to the brisket, the volunteer said refugees will have access to a panini press, hot cocoa and more. Abigail Adams,, 15 Apr. 2022 Chicken Tuscan panini and a power salad are two of the biggest-selling food items. Marc Bona, cleveland, 29 June 2021 Of interest: Their version of a panini is actually a doughnut topped with gelato. Kara Baskin,, 28 Feb. 2022 From it, guests can rent Vespa Primavera scooters, Polaroid cameras, backgammon boards, soccer balls, picnic kits, Vitamix blenders, panini presses, Ninja air fryers and more. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 The deli, which is in the back of the store, serves hot panini and cold deli sandwiches, along with a daily selection of sides and salads. Bob Carlton |, al, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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26 Jun 2022

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“Panini.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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