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)

Examples of semolina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its abundant pork, stuffed between crusty semolina bread with pops of green from the broccoli rabe makes this sandwich a 10 out of 10 in the looks department. Kaitlyn Rosati, New York Daily News, 21 Feb. 2024 In a bowl combine 1 cup all-purpose flour and ¼ cup semolina flour; create a well in the center. Sheryl Geerts, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 June 2024 The wheat is organic semolina grown on farms that practice regenerative agriculture, which emphasizes returning nutrients to the soil to reduce the carbon imprint of the growing process. Sunset Magazine, 22 Mar. 2024 The process involves rolling semolina wheat into tiny granules. Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, 19 Mar. 2024 Pasta is made from a mixture of water and semolina or flour, which is then shaped and cooked. Erik Kain, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 Gnocchi, little clouds of potato, egg yolk and semolina, get a hot red backdrop of tomato sauce, garlic, basil and dollops of molten mozzarella — a soothing concert orchestrated from a handful of notes. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2023 Highlights include Cape Cod scallops, semolina gnocchi, smoked scallop taramasalata, chickpea pancake. Elazar Sontag, Bon Appétit, 13 Sep. 2023 Those wishing to secure their own flour or semolina must resort to the marché noir – the black market. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Sep. 2023

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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 24 Jun. 2024.

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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