po·​len·​ta | \ pō-ˈlen-tə How to pronounce polenta (audio) , pə-, -ˌtä \

Definition of polenta

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: mush made of chestnut meal, cornmeal, semolina, or farina


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Po·​len·​ta | \ pō-ˈlen-tə How to pronounce Polenta (audio) \

Definition of Polenta (Entry 2 of 2)

Francesca da died 1283(or 1284) Francesca da Rimini \ ˌfran-​ˈche-​skə-​dä-​ˈri-​mə-​(ˌ)nē How to pronounce Polenta (audio) , ˌfrän-​ , -​ˈrē-​ \ Italian noblewoman famous for tragic adulterous love affair

Examples of polenta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Where to Eat: Rifugio Gardenacia, an idyllic mountain lodge in the Puez-Geisler/Puez-Odle nature park, serving radlers and polentas. National Geographic, "https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/europe/italy/find-epic-action-in-northern-italy.html," 22 Jan. 2020 Entree choices include prime rib, grilled swordfish, duck leg confit or polenta lasagna. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Connecticut restaurants celebrating New Year’s Eve with dinner, dancing and champagne toasts," 9 Dec. 2019 Horseradish crusted salmon, roast pork loin, chicken breast, butternut squash ravioli and vegan polenta will also be available. Charles Infosino, Cincinnati.com, "Here's what's open on Thanksgiving for the whole family," 25 Nov. 2019 The real reason not to make French onion soup (or, for another example, polenta) is the traditional method: the need to babysit a pot on the stove for three hours for fear of burning the food. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: French onion soup takes time," 6 Nov. 2019 Try the fried duck egg, manchego spiked polenta, scallions; fingerling potatoes, poached egg, chorizo cream; and the sour cream doughnuts, dulce de leche. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, "Where you can find Baltimore’s bougiest brunches," 9 July 2019 And pork tenderloin got all dressed up with salsa verde over little medallions on a bed of lemon polenta. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Mako’s on the Creek keeps its early promise in Cibolo," 10 Oct. 2019 Highlights from James Beard nominee’s menu include crispy polenta fritters with ricotta and honey, pasta with rigatoni with spicy sauce and tomatoes, and the lemon zeppole with chocolate dipping sauce. Morgan Raum, PEOPLE.com, "At Nordstrom's New Flagship, You Can Have Food Delivered to You Anywhere in the Store," 25 Oct. 2019 Use in place of veg broth in risotto, chowder, or polenta. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "What You Need to Know to Make the Most of Corn Season," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of polenta


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polenta


Italian, from Latin, crushed and hulled barley; akin to Latin pollen fine flour

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“Polenta.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polenta. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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