variants or less commonly ragu
ra-ˈgü How to pronounce ragù (audio)
plural ragùs also ragus
: a hearty, seasoned Italian sauce of meat and tomatoes that is used chiefly in pasta dishes and that is typically made with ground beef, tomatoes, and finely chopped onions, celery, and carrots
Though it's a hot day, Delia serves up big bowls of gnocchi with a meat ragùDavid Leavitt, Travel & Leisure, May 2000
This cozy trattoria has cultivated a loyal following of … residents who come for generous portions of homemade pastas like spaghetti with lamb ragù.Food and Wine, April 2002
Another born-in-Bologna specialty at Diana is lasagne, which is built of velvety layers of spinach pasta, bechamel sauce, ragu and parmesan.Christina Lynch, W, 8–15 Feb. 1988

Word History


borrowed from Italian ragù, borrowed from French ragoût ragout

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ragù was in 1952

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“Ragù.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rag%C3%B9. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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