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

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Other Words from spaghetti

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

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The Pasta Napoletana is a fleshy bacchanal that tastes like someone scraped the top of a Meat Lover’s pizza onto a plate of spaghetti. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The Cheesecake Factory is the restaurant America wants, deserves," 20 Aug. 2019 Officials at the station, where boxes of spaghetti and carrots sat ready for dinner service, defended their treatment of children. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Federal Agencies Trade Blame Over Detention of Migrant Children," 12 July 2019 After a camp dinner of spaghetti, the night work began, and by nine p.m. Guyton had captured half a dozen bats, including two specimens of Decken’s horseshoe bat, a little-known East African species. Piotr Naskrecki, National Geographic, "Blood-squirting insects and more tiny creatures flourish in African park," 25 Apr. 2019 Per Planet Fitness's rules, members are not permitted to work out in spaghetti-strap tank tops, jeans, boots, or sandals. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Did a Gym Really Tell a Pregnant Woman to "Cover Up or Leave?"," 30 Apr. 2014 Hanks, skeins and balls — from cloud-soft kid mohair to slightly felted, neon yellow merino wool from Uruguay to beginner-friendly, spaghetti-thick acrylics — pack the cubbyholes that hug the walls in the shop on Red Hill Avenue. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Of earls and purls: Costa Mesa knitting group makes accessories to look the part at ‘Downton Abbey’ showing," 13 Sep. 2019 The best spaghetti bushes grow in the Spaghi Region of Italy, on the Adriatic Coast. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1349: Revise and extend these remarks," 12 Sep. 2019 What do spaghetti models show us? Masters: These models form the basis for how a human forecaster builds a forecast. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "How to read the maps that predict hurricane paths," 30 Aug. 2019 Siwa, 16, has spaghetti blond hair and a voice like a wooden roller-coaster track–fun but rough, with unexpected undulations. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Time, "'What Do People Want Me to Do? Wear Black Every Day?': How Child Star JoJo Siwa Built Her Sparkly Empire," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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