variants: or less commonly ragu \ ra-​ˈgü How to pronounce ragu (audio) , rä-​ \
plural ragùs also ragus

Definition of ragù

: 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 ragù— David 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

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First Known Use of ragù

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ragù

borrowed from Italian ragù, borrowed from French ragoût ragout

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“Ragù.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rag%C3%B9. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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