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[luh-zahn-yuh, lah-] /ləˈzɑn yə, lɑ-/
large, flat, rectangular strips of pasta.
a baked dish consisting of layers of this pasta, cheese, tomato sauce, and usually meat.
Origin of lasagna
1840-50; < Italian < Vulgar Latin *lasania cooking pot (hence, apparently, the contents of the pot), for Latin lasanum, lasanus chamber pot < Greek lásana (plural), orig., trivet or stand for a pot Unabridged
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  • lasagne's papers had already been given to Catherine, who burned them.

    Catherine de' Medici Honore de Balzac
  • Eaten chiefly sliced, but prized, both fresh and smoked, in true Italian one-dish meals such as lasagne and Pizza.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
British Dictionary definitions for lasagne


/ləˈzænjə; -ˈsæn-/
a form of pasta consisting of wide flat sheets
any of several dishes made from layers of lasagne and meat, cheese, etc
Word Origin
from Italian lasagna, from Latin lasanum cooking pot
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Word Origin and History for lasagne



"pasta cut in long, wide strips; a dish made from this," 1760 (as an Italian word in English), from Italian (plural is lasagne), from Vulgar Latin *lasania, from Latin lasanum "a pot," from Greek lasanon "pot with feet, trivet."

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