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.

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On July 1, Lil Nas X exchanged tweets with the chef, asking to learn the exquisite art of panini making. Nick Romano,, "Gordon Ramsay teaches Lil Nas X how to make a 'meanie' panini," 8 July 2019 Satisfy your craving for a savory bite by making a panini on it or a cook up crispy hash browns as a side. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "People Are Saying This Mini Waffle Maker Is One of the Best Things They’ve Bought on Amazon," 14 June 2019 Quick Bite Grab a panini at the snack bar in the Capitoline Museum, next to City Hall, with 360-degree views from the terrace (Palazzo dei Conservatori, William Sertl, WSJ, "Brief, Breezy and Foolproof Itineraries to 6 European Cities," 16 Jan. 2019 The actor made headlines this month for his panini-like hairstyle, featured in his upcoming film The Beach Bum, which will hit theaters on March 29. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried Join Cast of Animated "Scooby-Doo" Film," 23 Mar. 2019 Something not so slight was the massive Caprese panini. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "Urban Bricks' serviceable fast-casual pizza in north Arlington lacking in authenticity | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 11 Apr. 2018 There are Greek and Cobb salads, along with club, chicken or tuna salad sandwiches, plus a Cuban panini and a chimichurri steak flatbread. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "This new high-rise cafe in Fort Worth has a great view. And surprise: It's not expensive," 28 May 2018 Pack a picnic of tomato, mozzarella, and olive oil panini, and white peaches from the shop in Pecorini; or stop off at Da Nino in the port for lunch. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "Pistachio Pesto and Almond Granita: Skye McAlpine Discovers the Tastes of the Aeolian Islands," 23 Aug. 2018 Menu: 1 Caesar salad, 1 black bean soup, 1 brie and asparagus panini, 1 Caesar salad entrée, 1 sticky toffee pudding, 2 coffees. Fox, Town & Country, "A Table for Mr. Fox," 21 Nov. 2012

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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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