Puttanesca definition

po͝otə-nĕskə
Being or served with a pungent sauce of tomatoes, olives, garlic, anchovies, capers, and hot chili pepper.

Pasta puttanesca.

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Puttanesca sauce.
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Origin of puttanesca

  • From Italian alla puttanesca in puttanesca style from puttanesca feminine of puttanesco like a prostitute, filthy from Old Italian from puttana female prostitute from Old French putain from pute feminine of put foul, stinking from Latin pūtidus from pūtēre to be rotten, stink pū̆- in Indo-European roots

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