pro·​sciut·​to | \ prō-ˈshü-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce prosciutto (audio) \
plural prosciutti\ prō-​ˈshü-​(ˌ)tē How to pronounce prosciutto (audio) \ or prosciuttos

Definition of prosciutto

: dry-cured salted Italian ham usually sliced thin

Examples of prosciutto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s salty umami from the crispy prosciutto, succulent cantaloupe brings fruity sweetness, the arugula lends a vegetable bite, and it all gets tossed in a simple white balsamic vinaigrette. Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2022 Where’s the prosciutto or smoked salmon or spicy-herby slather? Maggie Lange, Bon Appétit, 14 Mar. 2022 Its neutral flavor works well with the salty prosciutto and smoky, sweet grilled peaches. Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 Tender beef slathered in Dijon mustard with mushroom duxelles and either pâté or prosciutto, all wrapped up first in a crepe and then in puff pastry, it is cooked in the oven until golden-brown. Gordon Hamersley,, 14 June 2022 Appetizers are lobster bisque, oysters, field greens, beets and goat cheese, shrimp cocktail, prosciutto and melon, tomato caprese and Arctic char. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 26 Apr. 2022 Try them with Goat cheese, honey, and prosciutto, or in a Fresh Fig Crostata. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 19 Apr. 2022 The recipes, like orange and radish salad or herby rice salad with peas and prosciutto, only sometimes include lettuce. New York Times, 22 Mar. 2022 Horvath says many people will hang prosciutto in their attics, open windows on both sides and leave them to dry very efficiently in the bora. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 24 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of prosciutto

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prosciutto

Italian, alteration of presciutto, from pre- (from Latin prae- pre-) + asciutto dried out, from Latin exsuctus, from past participle of exsugere to suck out, from ex- + sugere to suck — more at suck

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The first known use of prosciutto was in 1891

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“Prosciutto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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