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[fet-uh-chee-nee; Italian fet-toot-chee-ne] /ˌfɛt əˈtʃi ni; Italian ˌfɛt tutˈtʃi nɛ/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
pasta cut in flat narrow strips.
Also, fettuccini
[fet-uh-chee-nee] /ˌfɛt əˈtʃi ni/ (Show IPA)
Origin of fettuccine
1910-15; < Italian, plural of fettuccina, diminutive of fettuccia, diminutive of fetta slice, ribbon < *offetta < Latin off(a) flour cake, lump of food + Italian -etta diminutive suffix (see -ette)
Usage note
See zucchini. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fettuccine
  • Mix with hot cooked, drained pasta such as fettuccine or bow ties.
  • Non-seafood lovers will find options such as chicken fettuccine and barbecued ribs.
  • Lunch entrees include seafood fettuccine and steamed crabs with melted butter.
  • The restaurant's house specialty pasta dishes include mixed seafood fettuccine, baked shrimp and scallops and vegetable lasagna.
  • Store-bought fettuccine simply can't compare to homemade.
  • To serve, arrange fettuccine on platter and top with chicken mixture.
British Dictionary definitions for fettuccine


a type of pasta in the form of narrow ribbons
Word Origin
Italian fettuccine, plural of fettuccina, diminutive of fetta slice
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Word Origin and History for fettuccine

1922, from Italian fettuccine, plural of fettuccina, literally "little ribbon," diminutive of fetta "slice, ribbon" (see fetta).

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