pas·​ta ˈpä-stə How to pronounce pasta (audio)
ˈpa- How to pronounce pasta (audio)
: paste in processed form (such as macaroni) or in the form of fresh dough (such as ravioli)
: a dish of cooked pasta

Examples of pasta in a Sentence

They ordered pasta with meat sauce. Breads and pastas are high in carbohydrates.
Recent Examples on the Web And the pastas had faint aftertastes: of overcooked rice, of tortilla chips, of chalky chickpeas. Matteo Wong, The Atlantic, 27 Nov. 2023 Its products include mayonnaise, oil, salt, hot sauce and pasta sauce, as well as merchandise such as hoodies and spatulas. Kamaron Leach, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2023 Add cheeses and pasta: Reduce heat to low; add Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper, stirring constantly until cheeses melt and mixture is smooth, about 2 minutes. Karen Schroeder-Rankin, Southern Living, 17 Nov. 2023 The post was followed by a shot of two plates of pasta and two glasses of red wine at the Da Enzo restaurant in Rome. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2023 As atmospheric as the cocktail bar on the ground floor, the sixth-floor restaurant at the hotel provides an intimate dining spot where a Parisian and internationally inspired menu of dishes includes highlights like caramelised aubergine with burrata, Tom Yum black halibut and a spicy lobster pasta. Lauren Jade Hill, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The elegant Cipriani Marbella serves classic pastas from northern Italy and that world-famous cake topped high with meringue, without the exclusionary practices of some of its big-city hotspots. Ann Abel, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Its food is equally as warm, including flavorful appetizers and satisfying pastas. Zoe Glasser, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 Sweet, fresh corn is a popular addition to summer salads, soups, and pastas. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 5 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


Italian, from Late Latin

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pasta was in 1827

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Cite this Entry

“Pasta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


pas·​ta ˈpäs-tə How to pronounce pasta (audio)
: a dough of flour, eggs, and water made in different shapes and dried (as spaghetti or macaroni) or used fresh (as ravioli)
: a dish of cooked pasta

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