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[fri-tah-tuh; Italian freet-tah-tah] /frɪˈtɑ tə; Italian fritˈtɑ tɑ/
noun, plural frittatas Italian, frittate
[freet-tah-te] /fritˈtɑ tɛ/ (Show IPA).
Italian Cookery.
an omelet resembling a large pancake and containing vegetables, seasonings, and often ricotta, Parmesan, or other cheese.
Origin of frittata
1930-35; < Italian: omelet, equivalent to fritt(o) fried (see frit) + -ata -ade1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for frittata
  • With a frittata, having guests over for brunch doesn't have to be expensive or time- consuming.
  • Think of a frittata as an omelet made effortless: no fussing or folding here.
  • frittata: fold cooked greens into an omelet, top with grated cheese.
  • Spinach brings a variety of nutrients to this appealing frittata.
  • Goat cheese brings a creamy texture and rich flavor to this frittata.
British Dictionary definitions for frittata


an Italian dish made with eggs and chopped vegetables or meat, resembling a flat thick omelette
Word Origin
C20: Italian, from fritto, past participle of friggere to fry
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Word Origin and History for frittata

1884, from Italian frittata, from fritto "fried" (see frit).

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