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
: dry-cured salted Italian ham usually sliced thin

Examples of prosciutto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Top the finished Easter dinner side dish with crisp prosciutto, Gruyere cheese, and toasted walnuts. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Feb. 2024 And don’t discount barbecue chicken and shredded prosciutto, either. Becky Krystal, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The menu features small bites like the warm milk bread with kabocha squash and brown butter; Mendocino uni with crisp prosciutto; broiled live sea scallop with garlic chive butter and more. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 The meal starts with a burrata salad composed of crispy prosciutto, baby kale, microgreens and fresh berries tossed in an ice wine vinaigrette. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 13 Feb. 2024 Crisp prosciutto and pine nuts add texture and flavor. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Feb. 2024 The sautéed tips and tortellini are tossed in a rich Gorgonzola cream sauce, then served with baby spinach, grape tomatoes, and toasted pine nuts, and topped with crispy prosciutto. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 2 Jan. 2024 Get The Recipe 11 of 39 Creamy Spinach-Ricotta Crostini This 15-minute appetizer starts with a toasty baguette slice that's covered with a creamy spinach-ricotta mixture and then topped with a slice of prosciutto. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 15 Feb. 2024 The South Charlotte restaurant focuses on French Creole and Southern cuisine with menu items like the Southern Picnic Board, featuring prosciutto, pimento cheese, giardiniera and deviled eggs. Chyna Blackmon, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prosciutto was in 1891

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“Prosciutto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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