pi·​mien·​to pə-ˈmen-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce pimiento (audio) pəm-ˈyen- How to pronounce pimiento (audio)
plural pimientos
: any of various bluntly conical thick-fleshed sweet peppers of European origin that have a distinctive mild sweet flavor and are used especially as a garnish, as a stuffing for olives, and as a source of paprika
: a plant that bears pimientos

Examples of pimiento in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How To Make Pimiento Cheese The full recipe is below, but making your own pimiento cheese couldn't be easier. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 8 Apr. 2024 Mainly made up of shredded cheese, mayonnaise, and pimientos, it's often served on crackers or in sandwiches. Anna Theoktisto, Southern Living, 3 Dec. 2023 Diced pimientos in the meat mixture, and a smoky topping similar to barbecue sauce instead of the usual ketchup. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 24 July 2023 The first is diced pimientos, which add sweetness, heat, and tanginess to the meatloaf. Amanda Stanfield, Southern Living, 9 June 2023 Stir in herb-pimiento mixture and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Keith Pandolfi, WSJ, 23 Jan. 2020 Luby's closes 10 restaurants in the second quarter, boosting profits despite sales declines H-E-B started offering family-sized Chicken Tetrazzini, a spaghetti casserole with sautéed mushrooms, pimientos, chicken and American cheese, last week. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, 5 June 2019 Stir in pimientos, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, and ½ teaspoon salt. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, 21 Nov. 2018 Pimento -- or pimiento peppers -- are red mild, sweet peppers similar to bell peppers. Judy Walker, NOLA.com, 22 May 2018

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Word History


Spanish from pimienta

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pimiento was in 1843

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“Pimiento.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pimiento. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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pi·​mien·​to pə-ˈment-ō How to pronounce pimiento (audio) pəm-ˈyent- How to pronounce pimiento (audio)
plural pimientos
: any of various sweet peppers that have thick flesh and a mild flavor and are used especially as a stuffing for olives and as a source of paprika

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