pe·​pe·​ron·​ci·​no ˌpe-pə-rōn-ˈchē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce peperoncino (audio)
variants or peperoncini or pepperoncini
plural peperoncini also peperoncinis or pepperoncinis
: any of several thin-walled, medium-sized hot peppers used especially 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.

peperoncino : the dried, crushed flakes of any of several red hot peppers used especially in Italian cooking
a pinch of peperoncino
peperoncini or pepperoncini : a condiment or garnish made of pickled usually green hot peppers used especially in Italian cooking
a jar of pepperoncini
also : one of these pickled peppers
a pizza garnished with pepperoncinis

Examples of peperoncino in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One user suggested spreading cream cheese on a slice of salami and rolling it around pepperoncini. Hollyanna McCollom, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Mar. 2023 Our version is piled high with a fresh cucumber herb salad, crispy cod (the magic of rice flour!), sliced pepperoncini, and a generous dollop of zesty horseradish mayo for a satisfying, well-balanced sando that hits the spot. Tina Martinez, Good Housekeeping, 2 Mar. 2023 Popular add-ons are grilled onions, hot sauce and pepperoncini peppers. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Oct. 2022 Calories: 200 for a half / 400 for a whole Price: $5.69 for a half / $8.99 for a whole Menu description: Romaine, grape tomatoes, feta, red onions, kalamata olives, salt and pepper tossed in Greek dressing with pepperoncini. cleveland, 4 Oct. 2022 Raw zucchini gets a jolt of sour and spicy pepperoncini in Ali’s recipe. New York Times, 20 July 2022 Paninis include wild mushroom mozzarella and the signature with cured meats, roasted tomatoes, pepperoncini, red onion, arugula and pesto on ciabatta bread. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 4 May 2021 In Rome, the oxtails might be served whole, and its cooking liquid, laced with tomatoes and pork and peperoncino for a dash of spice, might be reduced and tossed with pasta as a first course. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of peperoncino was in 1931

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Cite this Entry

“Peperoncino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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