pis·​ta·​chio pə-ˈsta-sh(ē-ˌ)ō How to pronounce pistachio (audio) -ˈstä- How to pronounce pistachio (audio)
plural pistachios
: a small Asian tree (Pistacia vera) of the cashew family whose drupaceous fruit contains a greenish edible seed
also : its seed

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The ice cream chain will also bring back its pistachio flavor for a limited time starting March 27. Amanda Pérez Pintado, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2023 Desserts include a mini version of Le Jardinier’s popular butterfly dessert featuring yuzu delicate mousse, raspberry compote and a pistachio sable. Margie Goldsmith, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2023 The cake there is made in many different flavors such as strawberry and pistachio. Zoe Li, CNN, 5 Mar. 2023 Being seen is looking at you as a person, not just the shell around the pistachio or whatever. Caroline Ellen Liou, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2023 For something a bit fresher, a pistachio, beet and dill cocktail might do the trick. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 17 Feb. 2023 On a recent fall morning, despite the chill in the air, workers at Taharka Brothers Ice Cream were packing a freezer truck and a van with pints of honey graham, peanut butter cup and pistachio. Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2021 To coincide with the store’s opening, the duo released a small collection of handbags, offering their most coveted styles (such as the Bolo bag and the Shema sling-back) in rich new hues like pistachio and sunset. New York Times, 3 June 2021 Some of the new dishes include sea bass with Taggiasca olives and basil; an omelet surprise; linguine with 24-month-aged Parmesan and mint; lamb with pistachio and eggplant; and black cod with toasted polenta and milk. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


Italian pistacchio, from Latin pistacium pistachio nut, from Greek pistakion, from pistakē pistachio tree, of Iranian origin; akin to Persian pistah pistachio tree

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pistachio was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Pistachio.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pistachio. Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


plural pistachios
: a small Asian tree that is related to the sumacs and has a fruit containing a greenish edible seed
also : its seed

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