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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Skyline will offer green spaghetti nationwide, including at all four of its Louisville locations. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "Is Skyline's St. Patrick's Day green spaghetti a dream come true or living nightmare?," 16 Mar. 2018 Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated 2 cups puffed Kamut cereal salt 6 oz. 100% Kamut intregrale spaghettiRecipe: Preheat the broiler Coat a large skillet with 4 seconds of cooking spray. Fox News, "Rocco DiSpirito's Mother's Day Recipes," 8 May 2015 Its weekend Creole brunch includes American favorites such as pancakes, along with Haitian specialties including Mayi Moulin—cornmeal mush served with avocado or fish—and the always popular spaghetti with hot dogs. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "New York City’s ‘Little Haiti’ Makes a Big Impression," 31 July 2018 Add the green beans and the spaghetti and cook for about 10 minutes more, until the pasta is tender. Laura Washburn, House Beautiful, "Easy Vegetable Soup Recipe: Soup au Pistou," 23 Jan. 2013 Steam your face over a pot of hot spaghetti or scream into the rain. Monica Heisey, Glamour, "My Number One Skin-Care Tip? Get Divorced," 27 Nov. 2018 Pasta dishes range from $8.95 (spaghetti or mostacciolli) to $12.95 (tortellacci). Donald Liebenson, Lake County News-Sun, "Love of breakfast leads chef to open Cafe Pettopia," 22 Mar. 2018 Where spaghetti or linguine get coated with sauce, bucatini gets coated and filled with sauce. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "Bucatini Is the Best Long Pasta There Ever Was or Will Be," 19 Feb. 2018 The meal, served on Creative Growth ceramics, was inspired by the favorite foods of the artists, including a cake disguised as spaghetti and meringues inspired by artist Aurie Ramirez’s soap, Marshmallow Cloud. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Method Soap Bottles Get a Colorful Makeover Thanks to Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center," 5 Feb. 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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