Pasta definition

pästə
Unleavened dough, made with wheat or other flour, water, and sometimes eggs, that is molded into any of a variety of shapes and boiled.
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A flour paste or dough made of semolina and dried, as for spaghetti and macaroni, or used fresh, as for ravioli.
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A prepared dish containing pasta as its main ingredient.
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(uncountable) (particularly in Italian cooking) Dough made from wheat and water and sometimes mixed with egg and formed into various shapes; often sold in dried form, it is typically boiled for eating.
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(uncountable) A dish or serving of pasta.
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(countable) A type of pasta.
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Any food or foods made of this.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pasta
Plural:
pastas

Origin of pasta

  • Italian from Late Latin paste, pastry cake paste1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian pasta, from Latin pasta (“dough, pastry cake, paste"), from Ancient Greek παστά (pasta, “barley porridge"), from παστός (pastos, “sprinkled with salt")

    From Wiktionary