Origin of bruschettaItalian from past participle of bruscare, to burn, toast
Origin of bruschettaItalianItalian dialectal (Rome) brusco charred, toasted ( from bruscare to char, roast over coals ) ( from Vulgar Latin brūsicāre ) (Italian bruciare to burn ) ( from Vulgar Latin brūsāre, brūsiāre of unknown origin )Italian -etta feminine of -etto diminutive suffix
Usage Note: The sch cluster in bruschetta can be pronounced as it is in Italian as (k) or in an Anglicized fashion as (sh). Both forms are acceptable to a large majority of the Usage Panel, and when asked to pick a preferred form, the Panel showed an almost even split.
- 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.