pi·​mien·​to | \ pə-ˈmen-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce pimiento (audio) , pəm-ˈyen- How to pronounce pimiento (audio) \
plural pimientos

Definition of pimiento

1 : 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
2 : a plant that bears pimientos

Examples of pimiento in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stir in herb-pimiento mixture and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Keith Pandolfi, WSJ, "Why French Onion Dip Is the Right Move for Your Super Bowl Party," 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, "Luby's expands partnership with H-E-B with additional cafeteria dishes," 5 June 2019 Stir in pimientos, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, and ½ teaspoon salt. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "This Pimiento Cheese Green Bean Casserole Recipe Is Just What Your Southern Thanksgiving Needs," 21 Nov. 2018 Pimento -- or pimiento peppers -- are red mild, sweet peppers similar to bell peppers. Judy Walker, NOLA.com, "Pimento cheese sandwich, casserole, spread recipes: Variations are endless," 22 May 2018 The ingredients are simple: pimientos, cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheese and spices. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Great food makes your Super Bowl party a winner," 1 Feb. 2018 Give your meatballs some extra flavor with pimiento-stuffed olives and raisins. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Picadillo Meatballs," 30 Oct. 2017 Add the olives, pimientos and capers and toss to combine. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Beef Valencia," 18 June 2014 Southerners have very specific taste and that extends far beyond insisting on Duke’s mayonnaise in our sandwiches or extra sharp cheddar in our pimiento cheese. Southern Living, "These Are the Most Popular Baby Names in The South Now," 19 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of pimiento

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pimiento

Spanish from pimienta

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“Pimiento.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pimiento. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pimiento

: a type of small, mildly sweet pepper


pi·​mien·​to | \ pə-ˈmen-tō How to pronounce pimiento (audio) , pəm-ˈyen- \
variants: also pimento \ pə-​ˈmen-​tō \
plural pimientos also pimentos

Kids Definition of pimiento

: a mildly sweet pepper with thick flesh

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