ro·​ti·​ni rō-ˈtē-nē How to pronounce rotini (audio)
: short, corkscrew-shaped pasta

Examples of rotini in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It's made with the same creamy four-cheese blend, paired instead with gluten-free rotini pasta made with a blend of corn, rice, lentil and quinoa flours. Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 5 Aug. 2023 Despite the abundance, there are about a dozen that dominate our plates, including spaghetti, linguine, fettucine, penne, rigatoni, rotini, farfalle, and lasagna. Lisa Zwirn,, 18 Apr. 2023 Classic pasta salad is made with rotini or spiral pasta, a shape that does a great job holding on to the dressing. Robin Miller, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2022 Add the rotini and boil 8 minutes or according to package instructions. cleveland, 6 Dec. 2022 Made from yellow peas, their penne, elbows, and rotini maintain the look and feel of traditional pasta. Danielle Bernabe, Bon Appétit, 11 Apr. 2022

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Word History


borrowed from Italian, plural of rotino "small wheel," from ruota "wheel" (going back to Latin rota) + -ino, diminutive suffix (going back to Latin -īnus, suffix of appurtenance) — more at roll entry 1, -ine entry 1

Note: Probably of dialectal Italian origin, as rotini does not refer to a pasta in Tuscan-based literary Italian.

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rotini was in 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Rotini.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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