lasagna[lə zän′yə, -sän′-]
A stack of dried lasagna ready for cooking.
- pasta in wide, flat strips
- a dish consisting of this pasta baked with alternating layers of, typically, tomato sauce, ground meat, and cheese
Origin of lasagnaItalian (pl. lasagne) ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form lasania, a kind of noodle ; from Classical Latin lasanum, a pot ; from Classical Greek lasanon, pot with feet, trivet
- also la·sa·gne Pasta in flat, very wide strips.
- A dish made by baking such pasta with layers of sauce and fillings such as cheese or meat.
Origin of lasagnaItalian, a flat, wide piece of pasta, possibly from Vulgar Latin *lasania, dish cooked in a vessel like a chamber pot, noodle dish (perhaps influenced by Latin laganum, thin flat sheet of dough), from Latin lasanum, chamber pot, from Greek lasanon, tripod, chamber pot, of unknown origin.
(plural lasagnas or lasagne)
In Italian, lasagna refers to one sheet of pasta and lasagne (the plural of lasagna) refers to the dish with several layers. This distinction is rarely observed in English.
From Italian lasagna, lasagne, from Latin lasanum (“cooking pot”), from Ancient Greek λάσανον (lasanon, “trivet or stand for a pot”), pl. λάσανα (lasana). Others argue the Italian lasagna originally derived from the Arabic (Semitic) lawzinaj ("almond cake").