[chuh-bah-tuh; Italian chah-baht-tah]
a slightly flattened Italian yeast bread made with olive oil and having large air pockets within.

1985-90; < Italian: literally, slipper Unabridged
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ciabatta (tʃəˈbætə)
a type of open-textured bread made with olive oil
[C20: from Italian, literally: slipper]

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Main Entry:  ciabatta
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a type of moist Italian bread made with olive oil; a loaf of this bread, which has large air holes
Etymology:  Italian ciabatta 'old shoe, slipper' from the loaf's shape
Usage:  cooking; plural is ciabattas, ciabatte's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

type of Italian bread, c.1990, from It. ciabatta, lit. "carpet slipper," so called for its shape; from the same source that produced Fr. sabot, Sp. zapata (see sabotage).
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Example sentences
Grab a loaf of their ciabatta or focaccia, and you'll have a filling meal on your hands.
Service is highly attentive, and the waitstaff unerringly seems to know when to replenish the ciabatta bread that has gone cold.
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