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[min-uh-stroh-nee; Italian mee-ne-straw-ne] /ˌmɪn əˈstroʊ ni; Italian ˌmi nɛˈstrɔ nɛ/
noun, Italian Cookery.
a thick vegetable soup, often containing herbs, beans, bits of pasta, etc., and served with Parmesan cheese.
Origin of minestrone
1890-95; < Italian, equivalent to minestr(a) kind of soup (literally, something served; see minister) + -one augmentative suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the web for minestrone
  • The flavors of this minestrone are no less complex than summer minestrones that have a lot of different vegetables in them.
  • Soups might include lobster minestrone with basil oil or cream of spinach and potato.
  • Begin with a minestrone soup made with fresh vegetables, or sample carpaccio.
  • Simpler than minestrone, this soup delivers flavor with a touch of tartness.
  • Go beyond chicken noodle soup and minestrone with our collection of soup recipes.
  • Lobster minestrone could be a week's worth of dinners.
  • Start your meal off with a vegetarian soup: minestrone, pasta e fagioli or potato leek.
  • The minestrone soup is a thick blend of fresh, seasonal vegetables.
  • Include beans or peas in flavorful mixed dishes, such as chili or minestrone soup.
  • And finally they can be added to soups such as minestrone soup, tortilla soup, or even white chili.
British Dictionary definitions for minestrone


a soup made from a variety of vegetables and pasta
Word Origin
from Italian, from minestrare to serve
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Word Origin and History for minestrone

Italian vegetable soup, 1871, from Italian minestrone, with augmentative suffix -one + minestra "soup, pottage," literally "that which is served," from minestrare "to serve, to prepare (soup, etc.)," from Latin ministrare (see minister (v.)).

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