pesto

noun pes·to \ ˈpe-(ˌ)stō \
|Updated on: 6 Aug 2018

Definition of pesto

: a sauce made especially of fresh basil, garlic, oil, pine nuts, and grated cheese

Examples of pesto in a Sentence

  1. Top the bread with pesto.

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Origin and Etymology of pesto

Italian, from pesto, adjective, pounded, from pestare to pound, from Late Latin pistare, frequentative of Latin pinsere


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pesto

Definition of pesto for English Language Learners

  • : an Italian sauce that is made especially of fresh basil, garlic, oil, and grated cheese



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