ra·​dic·​chio ra-ˈdi-kē-ō How to pronounce radicchio (audio)
plural radicchios
: a chicory of a red variety with variegated leaves that is used as a salad green

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Make the salad: In a serving bowl, toss the radicchio with half of the dressing. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, 17 July 2022 Add the radicchio to the bowl with the dressing and toss to coat. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2022 For this menu, curly endive, also known as frisée, fits the bill nicely, alone or in combination with its colorful cousins, Belgian endive, Chioggia, Treviso or speckled Castelfranco radicchio. David Tanis, New York Times, 31 Jan. 2022 Combining radicchio with sweeter, more delicate lettuces helps to balance the bitterness. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 30 July 2020 Core and chop the radicchio into bite-size pieces and place it in a large mixing bowl. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, 22 Nov. 2019 Salata appreciates examples like the radicchio XO that show just how far the sauce can go. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, 27 May 2020 One of winter’s most appealing salads combines radicchio and kale with crisp-chewy croutons and a creamy dressing made bold with anchovies. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2020 Chopped Winter Salad Beautiful, sweet, orange butternut squash gets roasted with some slightly — but appealingly — bitter radicchio. Katie Workman, NBC News, 22 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History


Italian, chicory, from Vulgar Latin *radiculus, alteration of Latin radicula

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of radicchio was in 1968

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“Radicchio.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radicchio. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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