adjective put·ta·nes·ca \ˌpü-tä-ˈnes-kä\

Definition of puttanesca

  1. :  served with or being a pungent tomato sauce typically containing olives, garlic, capers, hot pepper, and sometimes anchovies —usually used postpositively <pasta puttanesca>

Origin and Etymology of puttanesca

Italian, short for alla puttanesca, literally, in the style of a prostitute

First Known Use: 1969

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