ver·​mi·​cel·​li ˌvər-mə-ˈche-lē How to pronounce vermicelli (audio) -ˈse- How to pronounce vermicelli (audio)
: pasta made in long solid strings smaller in diameter than spaghetti

Examples of vermicelli in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thuan and Angela’s nuoc cham, the Vietnamese condiment/sauce that can make or break a vermicelli or rice-based dish. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2022 Creating rice vermicelli is a complicated process: After making the rice dough, it's then steamed slightly before it's kneaded and extruded into super fine strands, which are then dried. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Spring rolls were an artful assemblage of two shrimp, laid across lettuce-and-vermicelli filling, visible through the diaphanous rice-paper wrapping. Rand Richards Cooper, Hartford Courant, 10 Oct. 2022 Cold vermicelli noodles can be easily taken on the go. Jess Eng, Washington Post, 22 June 2022 On a recent day, customers grabbed canisters of Vietnamese vermicelli with crab, tomato and broth to go, along with crunchy egg rolls and baguette sandwiches selling for $3.75 to $5.25. Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2021 Banh hoi vermicelli noodle bowls with shrimp and pork belly. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 13 Apr. 2021 Ditto the ones that had contained the Q&Q Fideo vermicelli my mom loved to cook with ground beef and tomato sauce. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2021 Another looker is marinated steamed cod wrapped in thread-thin vermicelli. Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Italian, plural of vermicello, diminutive of verme "worm," going back to Latin vermis — more at worm entry 1

First Known Use

1669, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vermicelli was in 1669

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Cite this Entry

“Vermicelli.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


ver·​mi·​cel·​li ˌvər-mə-ˈchel-ē How to pronounce vermicelli (audio) -ˈsel- How to pronounce vermicelli (audio)
: a pasta that is thinner than spaghetti

from Italian vermicelli "pasta similar to but thinner than spaghetti," literally, "little worms," from verme "worm," from Latin vermis "worm" — related to vermin see Word History at vermin

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