carbonara definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
designating pasta that is mixed, immediately after boiling, with a sauce of sautéed bacon and onions, Parmesan cheese, black pepper, and beaten eggs: spaghetti carbonara
in full alla carbonara
carbonara definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A sauce for pasta containing eggs, minced bacon or ham, grated cheese, and seasonings.
Origin: Italian (alla) carbonara, (from) a charcoal grill, from carbone, charcoal, from Latin carbō, carbōn-; see carbon.