spa·​ghet·​ti | \spə-ˈge-tē \

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

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Other Words from spaghetti

spaghettilike \spə-​ˈge-​tē-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of spaghetti in a Sentence

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But the spicy broth can be put to good use, too, in a stellar casual dish of clams and spaghetti. David Tanis, New York Times, "An Especially Summery Take on Spaghetti and Clams," 18 May 2018 Cincinnati chili has cinnamon and a blend of Middle Eastern spices and spaghetti. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Retro Recipes: Why some Hoosiers put spaghetti in chili," 16 Feb. 2018 Cook pasta: Cook the spaghetti according to package instructions and drain. Debbi Snook,, "Grandma's Spaghetti from chef Doug Katz (recipe)," 9 May 2018 Add spaghetti to boiling water and cook just until al dente, about 9 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spring Vegetable Carbonara," 18 Apr. 2018 This is not Eminem’s first time serving up Mom’s spaghetti. Madison Roberts,, "Eminem Served His Famous 'Mom's Spaghetti' at Coachella," 16 Apr. 2018 Toss with cooked spaghetti to coat, then fold in Parmesan and mozzarella. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Spaghetti and Meatball Nests," 3 Jan. 2018 Reserve some of the pasta cooking water and gently drain spaghetti. Redbook, "The Spaghetti Recipe That's Become Food-Industry Famous," 3 Sep. 2013 My manager warned me that Mr. Stein signed too many acts, who were then thrown at the wall like spaghetti to see who stuck. Wesley Stace, WSJ, "‘Siren Song’ Review: An Ear for What Was Next," 14 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of spaghetti

: pasta made in the shape of long thin strings

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