pec·​o·​ri·​no ˌpe-kə-ˈrē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce pecorino (audio)
often capitalized
: any of various cheeses of Italian origin made from sheep's milk

Examples of pecorino in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And don’t even think about splashing in cream or grating over Parmesan instead of pecorino. Eric Kim, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2023 The sauced pasta is plated, topped with the crisped guanciale and served with more pecorino at the table. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2023 Stir together panko, Parmesan, pecorino, and oil in a third shallow dish. Julia Levy, Southern Living, 7 Aug. 2023 Add mint, lemon rind, and pecorino, reserving a small bit of each for the garnish. Karoline Boehm Goodnick,, 16 May 2023 On shelves were jugs of oil and vinegar, slabs of pecorino, a bag of nails, a small hand sickle, and a pot of honey. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 July 2023 Remove from heat; add pecorino, zest, and juice, and stir until combined. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 12 June 2023 Campo Italian Bistro & Bar Modern rustic Italian cooking abounds with dishes like fettuccine with zucchini, confit tomatoes, almond-arugula pesto and local pecorino. Tiffany Acosta, The Arizona Republic, 28 July 2023 Some classic tavern bites are on offer including prosciutto, pecorino and truffle popcorn which comes in handy after a round or two. Alissa Fitzgerald, Forbes, 17 July 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pecorino was in 1908

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Cite this Entry

“Pecorino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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