peperoncino

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

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


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