por·​to·​bel·​lo ˌpȯr-tə-ˈbe-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce portobello (audio)
variants or less commonly portabella or portabello
plural portobellos also portobellas
: a large dark mature cultivated mushroom noted for its meaty texture that is of the same variety of button mushroom as the cremini

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Whether spelled portobello or portabella, the mushrooms are the same. Casey Barber, CNN, 12 Sep. 2022 Making mushroom coffee doesn’t mean dunking a portobello in your mug. Good Housekeeping, 21 July 2022 And never forget the portobello mushroom fries from Bottega Louie. Jenn Harriscolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 11 July 2022 The portobello mushroom appetizer stuns with its rich flavor, and the Smoky Mountain trout and creamy shrimp and grits are also standouts. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 Condado offers a mix of protein fillings that include tequila-lime steak, roasted chicken and vegetarian options of Thai chili tofu, roasted portobello and Korean BBQ Jackfruit. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 4 Mar. 2022 Their menu also includes a popular portobello mushroom burger. Gerry Frank | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 3 July 2021 Note: For a vegetarian sandwich, substitute 5 large portobello mushroom caps, brushed with oil, grilled and seasoned with salt and pepper for the deli meats. New York Times, 30 Jan. 2021 After watching Mushroom's first performance, Nicole was seriously confused about who the talented portobello could be. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 17 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History


perhaps alteration of Italian prataiolo, prataiuolo or dialect Italian pratarolo meadow mushroom, from prato meadow, from Latin pratum

First Known Use

1986, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of portobello was in 1986

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Cite this Entry

“Portobello.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portobello. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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