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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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  • minestrone is a favourite dish in Lombardy when vegetables are plentiful.

  • How good Moretti's minestrone tastes to the unsophisticated tongue.

    Shandygaff Christopher Morley
  • The be-shawled damsel came in with the inevitable bowl of minestrone, soup with cabbage and cauliflower and other things.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
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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