put·​ta·​nes·​ca ˌpü-tä-ˈne-skä How to pronounce puttanesca (audio)
: served with or being a pungent tomato sauce typically containing olives, garlic, capers, hot pepper, and sometimes anchovies
usually used postpositively
pasta puttanesca

Word History


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

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of puttanesca was in 1969

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Cite this Entry

“Puttanesca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puttanesca. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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