toasted bread rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil, often topped as with chopped tomatoes and herbs
Origin of bruschettaItalian ; from past participle of bruscare, to burn, toast
Slices of bread that have been broiled, rubbed with garlic, brushed with olive oil, seasoned with salt, and layered with any of various toppings such as chopped tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, or ham.
Origin of bruschettaItalian : Italian dialectal (Rome) brusco, charred, toasted (from bruscare, to char, roast over coals, from Vulgar Latin *brūsicāre; akin to Italian bruciare, to burn from Vulgar Latin *brūsāre, brūsiāre, of unknown origin) + Italian -etta, feminine of -etto, diminutive suffix.
- The pronunciation /brʊˈskɛtə/ (with a "sk" sound as in "school") is close to the Italian pronunciation. The pronunciation /brʊˈʃɛtə/ (with a "sh" sound as in "Schubert") comes from interpreting the sch trigraph as "sh". While the latter pronunciation diverges from the Italian one, it is commonly heard.
From Italian bruschetta.