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 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 Unwrap the polenta and cut it crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices. Daniel Neman, Twin Cities, "You can grill that? 6 new recipes to try this season," 4 July 2019 While sausages brown, bring milk, water, and the remaining 1 tsp of the salt to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat; gradually stir in polenta. Frank P. Melodia, Redbook, "Easy Weeknight Meal: Sausage, White Beans, and Kale on Cheesy Polenta," 6 Mar. 2012 Gently fold in the ground pistachios, cornmeal or polenta, baking powder and salt. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "With their powers combined, strawberries, pistachios and olive oil make for one splendid cake," 28 Aug. 2019 The contemporary Mezze Bistro + Bar (www.mezzerestaurant.com) is a longstanding promoter of local, sustainable cuisine; try dishes like the heritage pig head and trotter ragout served with whey braised polenta, or the buttermilk fried chicken. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "After the show’s over, stay and explore," 27 June 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?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=p&file=polent01. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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