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


biographical name
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 To accompany the beef, stir up a batch of instant polenta. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Need a holiday entree to share remotely? Few dishes beat beef short ribs for festivity and reheatability.," 21 Dec. 2020 Grits is a cornmeal porridge similar to Italian polenta. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Next weekend make this Southern classic with 5-minute grits topped with shrimp," 26 Jan. 2021 To serve, flip the polenta out of the container onto a cutting board. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Need a holiday entree to share remotely? Few dishes beat beef short ribs for festivity and reheatability.," 21 Dec. 2020 Meuer and his wife, Leslie, grow, harvest, stone-mill and sell a wide variety of flours including rye, spelt, soft red winter wheat, oat, durum, einkorn, emmer and corn for polenta. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Not all flour is alike; here's how to work with fresh flours from whole grains," 17 Nov. 2020 The combination of semolina and syrup gives tishpishti the delightful nubbiness of cornbread and the thick, spoonable texture of polenta. Leah Koenig, Washington Post, "Start Rosh Hashanah on a sweet note with tishpishti, an orange-scented semolina cake," 11 Sep. 2020 Inside the bag is a thick slice of focaccia and a boule of polenta and pumpkin seed sourdough the size of a curling stone. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Making some dough: Meet 5 Dallas-area bakers going big with a bread business," 2 Sep. 2020 Elsewhere, Amiel Stanek’s admittedly absurd triple corn polenta gets super luscious thanks to starchy corn milk. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "If You Aren’t Milking Your Corn, Is It Really Summer?," 12 Aug. 2020 And as always, feel free to serve this with rice, polenta or other grains, or some crusty bread, to round it out. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Five adaptable recipes, all from your pantry," 30 Mar. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polenta. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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