Definition of panini
: a usually grilled sandwich made with Italian bread ◆Panini is a plural form in Italian but is commonly used as both a singular and a plural in English. <On each visit, someone at our table invariably orders a panini … — Jodi Wright> Its use as a singular has given rise the variant plural form paninis. <At the back of the shop are paninis, freshly brewed coffee and two tubs of homemade soups. — M. H. Reed> The use of panino as a singular form in English has become relatively uncommon as panini has become established as the usual singular.
Variants of panini
Origin and Etymology of panini
Italian, diminutive of pane bread, from Latin panis — more at food
First Known Use: 1955
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