Pesto Definition

pĕstō
noun
An Italian sauce that is a purée of fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese in olive oil, used esp. over pasta.
Webster's New World
Any of various similar sauces.
American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Pesto

Noun

Singular:
pesto
Plural:
pestos

Origin of Pesto

  • 1937, from Italian pesto, contraction of pestato, form of pestare (“to pound in a mortar"). Cognate to pestle.

    From Wiktionary

  • Italian from past participle of pistare, pestare to pound piston

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

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