peperoncino

noun pe·pe·ron·ci·no \ ˌpe-pə-rōn-ˈchē-(ˌ)nō \
variants: or peperoncini or pepperoncini
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of peperoncino

plural peperoncini or less commonly peperoncinis or pepperoncinis
1 a : any of several thin-walled, medium-sized hot peppers used esp. in Italian cooking
  • add one peperoncino to the pasta
  • imported peperoncini
Note: In Italian, the singular is peperoncino and the plural is peperoncini. In English, peperoncini is also used as a singular and is sometimes pluralized as peperoncinis. The variant singular pepperoncini and plural pepperoncinis are also seen in English.
b peperoncino : the dried, crushed flakes of any of several red hot peppers used esp. in Italian cooking
  • a pinch of peperoncino
2 peperoncini or pepperoncini : a condiment or garnish made of pickled usu. green hot peppers used esp. in Italian cooking
  • a jar of pepperoncini
; also : one of these pickled peppers
  • a pizza garnished with pepperoncinis

Origin and Etymology of peperoncino

borrowed from Italian, from peperone "chili pepper" + -cino, variant, with nouns ending in -one, of -ino, diminutive suffix, going back to Latin -īnus 1-ine — more at pepperoni


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up peperoncino? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

allowing a liquid or gas to pass through

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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