[min-uh-stroh-nee; Italian mee-ne-straw-ne]
noun Italian Cookery.
a thick vegetable soup, often containing herbs, beans, bits of pasta, etc., and served with Parmesan cheese.

1890–95; < Italian, equivalent to minestr(a) kind of soup (literally, something served; see minister) + -one augmentative suffix

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To minestrone
World English Dictionary
minestrone (ˌmɪnɪˈstrəʊnɪ)
a soup made from a variety of vegetables and pasta
[from Italian, from minestrare to serve]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

It. vegetable soup, 1891, from It., with aug. suffix -one + minestra "soup," lit. "that which is served," from L. ministrare (see minister).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
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
Begin with a minestrone soup made with fresh vegetables, or sample carpaccio.
Simpler than minestrone, this soup delivers flavor with a touch of tartness.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature