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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The rich toppings are the perfect pairing for fresh romaine lettuce, corn, cucumbers, green beans, and tomatoes. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Feb. 2023 Top 2 cups of romaine lettuce with the shrimp and mix well into greens for added flavor. Good Housekeeping, 6 Jan. 2023 And since this has all started getting going a few weeks ago, the fast food chains removed the romaine lettuce from their sandwiches in this region. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 31 Aug. 2022 Caesar salad uses up an entire tin of anchovies and replaces the sweet romaine with gloriously bitter radicchio. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Aug. 2022 If the presence of whole anchovies resting atop a bed of romaine in a Caesar salad has been historically too much to handle, Roman’s Caesar-adjacent salad will be a refreshing revelation. Casey Barber, CNN, 12 Dec. 2022 Manatees are herbivorous and can also be fed romaine lettuce. Julia Musto, Fox News, 18 Jan. 2023 In August 2015, Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui trimmed a few leaves of red romaine lettuce and passed them to NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, 5 Mar. 2020 But in late January there were dozens more working there as packing companies dispatched harvest crews to gather his romaine lettuce. Brandon Loomis,, 20 Nov. 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Romaine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


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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