pecorino

noun, often capitalized
pec·​o·​ri·​no | \ ˌpe-kə-ˈrē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce pecorino (audio) \

Definition of pecorino

: any of various cheeses of Italian origin made from sheep's milk

Examples of pecorino in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At least one hard: Asiago, manchego, aged provolone, pecorino. USA Today, 29 May 2022 Its most famous export is this dish, in which pasta is swirled in cream, topped with a classic Norcia sausage (which has been cooked with onion and white wine before being crumbled over the pasta), and has local pecorino dusted on top. Julia Buckley, CNN, 27 May 2022 The Sicilian lineup includes starter choices of arancini with meat sauce, meatballs with tomato sauce or a pizza topped with tomato, anchovies, pecorino and bread crumbs — all accompanied by salad and bread. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 16 May 2022 The result is a pasta web that is traditionally broken into jagged pieces and added to a mutton broth sprinkled with fresh pecorino cheese. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2022 Filings of pecorino suggest the delicious salad has just come in from the snow. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2022 Castro Mortillaro believes harder cheeses such as Parmigiano, pecorino or gouda are also among the healthiest options, when consumed in moderation. Francesca Giuliani-hoffman, CNN, 7 Nov. 2021 Add the butter and pecorino and stir well to combine. Angie Rito And Scott Tacinelli, Robb Report, 20 Oct. 2021 Middle-Aged pecorino that sits in a natural cave for four months. Debbi Kickham, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pecorino.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of pecorino

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pecorino

Italian, from pecorino of sheep, from pecora sheep, ewe, from Latin, domestic animals, from plural of pecus cattle — more at fee

Learn More About pecorino

Time Traveler for pecorino

Time Traveler

The first known use of pecorino was in 1908

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near pecorino

Pecora

pecorino

Pecos

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for pecorino

Last Updated

2 Jun 2022

Cite this Entry

“Pecorino.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pecorino. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!