spa·​ghet·​ti | \ spə-ˈge-tē How to pronounce spaghetti (audio) \

Definition of spaghetti

1 : pasta made in thin solid strings
2 : insulating tubing typically of varnished cloth or of plastic for covering bare wire or holding insulated wires together

Other Words from spaghetti

spaghettilike \ spə-​ˈge-​tē-​ˌlīk How to pronounce spaghetti (audio) \ adjective

Examples of spaghetti in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the temperature goes down to freezing, a glass jar of spaghetti sauce can burst. Beth Thames |, al, 6 Oct. 2021 The brand is offering a free regular spaghetti with meat or marinara dish Nov. 10 and 11. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Nov. 2021 Christmas menus feature seven different soups and spaghetti with trout sauce. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 9 Oct. 2021 The mouths of those lucky enough to have once enjoyed their spaghetti with meat sauce water to this day when the dark with red booths location comes up in conversation. John Tamny, Forbes, 5 Sep. 2021 Think rich and cheesy cacio e pepe, bright spaghetti with pesto, and dinner-party ready lasagna bolognese—crowd-pleasers that are perfect for just about any occasion. Bon Appétit, 31 Aug. 2021 Bucatini, a thick form of spaghetti with a hole through the middle, is available at specialty stores. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 25 Aug. 2021 These dishes like spaghetti with giant meatballs under a blanket of Parmesan; pan-seared gnocchi over electric green pea puree; and silky fettucine loaded with sweet corn and tarragon are quickly earning fans. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 July 2021 There will be a dry-aged cheeseburger at the bar—and yes, even such potentially messy pastas as spaghetti with summer zucchini and chitarra, a guitar-strand shape flavored with squid ink and served with crab. Kate Krader, Fortune, 30 June 2021

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First Known Use of spaghetti

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spaghetti

Italian, from plural of spaghetto, diminutive of spago cord, string, from Late Latin spacus

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English Language Learners Definition of spaghetti

: pasta in the shape of long, thin strings


spa·​ghet·​ti | \ spə-ˈge-tē How to pronounce spaghetti (audio) \

Kids Definition of spaghetti

: pasta made in the shape of long thin strings

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