puttanesca

adjective
put·​ta·​nes·​ca | \ ˌpü-tä-ˈne-skä How to pronounce puttanesca (audio) \

Definition of puttanesca

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

First Known Use of puttanesca

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for puttanesca

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

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“Puttanesca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puttanesca. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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