ro·​maine rō-ˈmān How to pronounce romaine (audio)
: a lettuce that belongs to a cultivar of garden lettuce (Lactuca sativa) and has long crisp leaves and columnar heads

called also cos lettuce

Examples of romaine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The good news is that with the 4 cent increase in banana costs comes the decrease in raw almonds, romaine hearts, green onions and more. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 9 May 2024 True effortlessness lies in ordering a few pies and tearing up some romaine to serve alongside. Tanya Sichynsky, New York Times, 15 Apr. 2024 In the 1980s and ’90s, as advances in agriculture, shipping, and food culture increased Americans’ access to a variety of produce, chefs started swapping out the traditional romaine for whatever the leafy green of the moment was: little gem, arugula, frisée. Ellen Cushing, The Atlantic, 17 Apr. 2024 Some serve romaine leaves for this purpose; others use fresh horseradish. Yakir Levy, Orange County Register, 11 Apr. 2024 Add the romaine leaves; use tongs or salad utensils to toss the salad, coating the lettuce evenly. Becky Krystal, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 His variation — butter lettuce rather than the usual romaine, actually ripe tomato, a judicious amount of crisped bread, the right zing of pomegranate molasses in the dressing — shows thoughtful restraint. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2024 Serve the slices over a romaine salad that's flavored with pickled radishes and a honey dressing. 19 of 23 Corn and Blueberry Salad View Recipe Showcase the season's best in this easy summer salad. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Apr. 2024 Jenna started tossing romaine hearts and papayas in Bibi's wide-open mouth. The Enquirer, 5 Mar. 2024

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Word History


French, from feminine of romain Roman, from Old French, from Latin Romanus

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of romaine was in 1907

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“Romaine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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ro·​maine rō-ˈmān How to pronounce romaine (audio)
: a lettuce with a tall loose head of long crisp leaves

called also romaine lettuce

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