zi·​ti ˈzē-tē How to pronounce ziti (audio)
plural ziti
: medium-sized tubular pasta

Examples of ziti in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Peppers and andouille sausage give this ziti a unique flavoring. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 13 Oct. 2023 At least one entrant appeared to have strengthened his trusses by twisting strands of spaghetti together into a stout pasta rope and then slipping both ends into ziti cuffs to prevent them from unraveling. Jeffrey Kluger, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Prepare ziti according to package directions for al dente. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 28 Sep. 2023 The cranberry-pecan crust gives the smallest touch of sweetness to a savory main dish. 04 Skillet-Baked Ziti with Andouille, Tomatoes, and Peppers Like all things, baked ziti deserves a little dose of Southern flair. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 6 Sep. 2023 These easy make-ahead dinners will be there for you through thick and thin and transform your weeknight from stressful to relaxing. 01 Greek Baked Ziti The hearty Greek tomato sauce in this ziti is warmed with spices like oregano and cinnamon. Jenna Sims, Southern Living, 14 July 2023 Hundreds of pounds of mushy spaghetti, macaroni and ziti were dumped along a creek in Old Bridge Township, N.J., last week, seemingly out of thin air. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 5 May 2023 At least five massive mounds of spaghetti and macaroni — with a spattering of ziti — lined a stream in Old Bridge Township last week, photos posted to Facebook show. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, 4 May 2023 Choose from cheese ravioli with marinara, chicken parmigiana, fettuccine Alfredo, five-cheese ziti al forno, Lasagna Classico and spaghetti with meat sauce. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, 26 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History


Italian, plural of zito, alteration of zita piece of tubular pasta, probably short for maccheroni di zita, literally, bride's macaroni

First Known Use

circa 1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ziti was circa 1845

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“Ziti.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ziti. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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zi·​ti ˈzēt-ē How to pronounce ziti (audio)
plural ziti
: medium-sized tube-shaped pasta

Italian, plural of zito "a piece of tubular pasta," probably short for maccheroni di zita, literally, "bride's macaroni"

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