rav·​i·​o·​li ˌra-vē-ˈō-lē How to pronounce ravioli (audio)
plural ravioli also raviolis ˌra-vē-ˈō-lēz How to pronounce ravioli (audio)
: pasta in the form of little cases of dough containing a savory filling (as of meat or cheese)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Tasting menus showcase dishes like egusi-seed ravioli, while the in-demand chocolate range includes truffles made with Maghrebi mint tea. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 July 2022 In each episode, viewers were transported into factories to see how their favorite sweets, treats, and foods were made, from M&Ms to frozen ravioli. Marah Eakin, Vulture, 1 Apr. 2022 Back in June, pasta e piselli — short tubes with sweet green peas in an invisibly delicious sauce of onions and guanciale — was deeply convincing; the fava beans strewn around a plate of cheese ravioli were not. Pete Wells, New York Times, 22 Aug. 2022 Meals offered include: never-ending soup, salad and breadsticks, cheese ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs, fettuccini alfredo and chicken parmigiana. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 9 Nov. 2022 These long, large ravioli are made from a mix of pasta and potatoes stuffed with ricotta cheese, raisins, apples, mint, chocolate and spices, all topped with melted butter. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Butternut squash soup, four-cheese ravioli, Brussels sprouts and other sides build out the meal, with pumpkin pie and apple crostada as its finishing flourishes. Lauryn Azu, Chicago Tribune, 11 Nov. 2022 The ravioli are delicate, limp pockets filled with ricotta in a simple tomato sauce with basil. Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2022 The signature ravioli is stuffed with seasonal ingredients, like wild ramps in spring and sweet corn in late summer. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 11 July 2022 See More

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Word History


Italian, from Italian dialect, plural of raviolo, literally, little turnip, diminutive of rava turnip, from Latin rapa — more at rape entry 3

First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ravioli was in 1760

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Cite this Entry

“Ravioli.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ravioli. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


rav·​i·​o·​li ˌrav-ē-ˈō-lē How to pronounce ravioli (audio)
plural ravioli also raviolis
: little pockets of pasta with a filling (as of meat or cheese)
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