pa·ni·ni | \pə-ˈnē-nē \
variants: or less commonly panino \pə-ˈnē-nō \
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.

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Fat Tuesday This Mardi Gras-themed restaurant serves pizza, panini, salads and appetizers, along with a wide selection of blended daiquiris. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "New restaurants in Phoenix in June have standout burgers, Mexican food, pizza," 1 July 2018 Demario suggests patrons stop by Spectra Wired for their morning jolt of Coperaco coffee, grab a panini at lunchtime, and then return in the evening for a selection of craft beer from local breweries like Boondoggle and Hanging Hills. Alison Kuznitz,, "Spectra Wired Café Opens Bar5, A Patio And Beer Garden In Downtown Hartford," 28 June 2018 One of the panini holds a free-flowing egg with chicken sausage, gouda, spinach and apple-cider mayo between slices of golden-brown sourdough bread. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Miss Molly's feeds your inner cookie monster," 9 Jan. 2018 At lunch, sandwiches ($6 to $10.50) replace the entrees, with selections like a sirloin steakburger, a tuna wrap and a variety of panini. Leeanne Griffin,, "River: An Italian-Inspired, Waterfront Restaurant With An Unrivaled View," 18 June 2018 Lunch and dinner offer pasta, panini, subs, salads, pizza and desserts, including New York-style cheesecakes, tiramisu and panna cotta. azcentral, "Italian restaurant Maui Pasta in Scottsdale is a story of love, loss, pasta," 6 July 2018 Around Queen Anne: Koku Café + Market has Japanese and Asian-fusion rice bowls and panini. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Loosen your belt: 46 more restaurant and ice cream openings in Seattle and on the Eastside to try," 25 June 2018 Bun types are matters of debate (Pizza Romana serves its as a panini on twin slabs of pizza crust). Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "Why Los Angeles Fell Head Over Heels for the Fried Chicken Sandwich," 25 June 2018 There was a roasted turkey and swiss sandwich, a Philly cheesesteak panini, a buffalo chicken wrap, a chicken banh mi, an Italian hero, a Thai chicken wrap, a chicken Caesar salad, and a layered quinoa veggie salad. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Amtrak revamps its food and beverage menu," 15 June 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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