sem·​o·​li·​na ˌse-mə-ˈlē-nə How to pronounce semolina (audio)
: the purified middlings of hard wheat (such as durum) used especially for pasta (such as macaroni or spaghetti)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Creamy burrata and beads of caviar nestle in a delicate semolina shell, reminiscent of India’s panipuri. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2022 At Understory, the menu is an unapologetic mélange of culinary influences, designed by the staff to mirror their identities: Filipino adobo, Burmese semolina cake, Moroccan lamb tagine, a Mexican chile relleno. Anna Buchmann, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 July 2022 Return toasted semolina to pot and stir well to combine. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2022 Along with brik, also disappearing is tabouna, the thick semolina flatbread that is a Ramadan staple and is baked in the oven at home or in clay earthen ovens and sold at local markets. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Apr. 2022 Cook over medium heat, stirring often to ensure that the semolina doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot and scorch, until porridge thickens and has a nutty aroma, 15-20 minutes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2022 This semolina cake soaked in a floral syrup gets its texture from yogurt that’s been mixed with baking soda and left to sit until doubled in size. New York Times, 14 Feb. 2022 Harcha are thicker, griddled biscuit-style rounds that have a crispy crust from a dusting of coarse semolina. Casey Barber, CNN, 24 Jan. 2022 Made with semolina but no eggs, the pillowy bites are draped with a zippy tomato sauce and sweetened with shrimp. Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History


Italian semolino, diminutive of semola bran, from Latin simila wheat flour

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of semolina was in 1797

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Cite this Entry

“Semolina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


sem·​o·​li·​na ˌsem-ə-ˈlē-nə How to pronounce semolina (audio)
: a grainy powder that is milled from hard wheat (as durum wheat) and is often used to make pasta (as spaghetti)

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