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[rav-ee-oh-lee, rah-vee-; Italian rah-vyaw-lee] /ˌræv iˈoʊ li, ˌrɑ vi-; Italian rɑˈvyɔ li/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
small cases of pasta, often square, stuffed with a filling, usually of meat or cheese, and often served with a tomato sauce.
Origin of ravioli
1835-45; < Italian, plural of dial. raviolo little turnip, diminutive of rava < Latin rāpa; see rape2
Usage note
See zucchini. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ravioli
Historical Examples
  • The ravioli are then to be served hot seasoned with cheese and butter or with brown stock or tomato sauce.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • Have some rich stock boiling in a stewpan; poach the ravioli five minutes.

    Choice Cookery Catherine Owen
  • Mix well together and add to the paste as for other ravioli.

    Allied Cookery Grace Glergue Harrison and Gertrude Clergue
  • Roll very fine and cover half the crust with ravioli dressing half-inch thick.

  • Boil these ravioli in salted water, being careful not to break them open.

  • Enclose in little squares of the home made paste described above, and cook and serve as in the preceding recipe for ravioli.

  • ravioli and a sweet, and dont annoy us with any olives, said OLeary to the waiter.

    The Woman Gives Owen Johnson
  • They had ravioli a la Tuscany, and after that some very rare fruit cake that had come only the week before from sunny Italy.

    The Arrow of Fire Roy J. Snell
  • Arrange the ravioli on a platter, pour the hot sauce over them and finish with a sprinkling of grated cheese.

  • The very melodies of Verdi and Rossini are inextricably twined in our minds around memories of ravioli and zabaglione.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
British Dictionary definitions for ravioli


small squares of pasta containing a savoury mixture of meat, cheese, etc
Word Origin
C19: from Italian dialect, literally: little turnips, from Italian rava turnip, from Latin rāpa
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Word Origin and History for ravioli

1610s, from Middle English raffyolys, also rafyols (late 14c.). The word probably was re-borrowed several times, most recently in 1841, from Italian ravioli, a dialectal plural of raviolo, a diminutive of an unidentified noun, perhaps of rava "turnip."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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