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)

Examples of ravioli in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To remove ravioli, carefully invert frame onto a floured surface. Sheryl Geerts, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 June 2024 Italians to the north might instead opt for fresh pasta with a filling — ravioli, agnolotti — and then a kind and quantity of meat more extravagant than everyday fare. Frank Bruni Laura May Todd, New York Times, 13 May 2024 Try the cuttlefish ravioli stuffed with sauteed greens (tsigareli), langoustine, and kourkoutzelia, an edible violet wildflower, or the signature pork ragu with local tavla cheese foam. Helen Iatrou, Travel + Leisure, 16 May 2024 Next, ponder four main selections: salmon wellington, pork osso buco, steak au poivre or Dungeness crab ravioli. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 14 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for ravioli 

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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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“Ravioli.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ravioli. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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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)

Italian, from a plural of a dialect word raviolo, literally, "little turnip"

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