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[pah-stuh; especially British pas-tuh] /ˈpɑ stə; especially British ˈpæs tə/
any of various flour-and-egg food preparations of Italian origin, made of thin, unleavened dough and produced in a variety of forms, usually served with a sauce and sometimes stuffed.
Origin of pasta
1870-75; < Italian < Late Latin. See paste Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pasta
  • The pasta sauce and noodles will get one too, as will the dish soap.
  • My husband has a wonderful garlic pasta-sauce recipe.
  • The government has also taken over two other factories, one making pasta and the other a tuna-canner.
  • Here she's traded pig for pasta-but to jump straight to starch would be a mistake.
  • In the lull before the after-opera bar rush, the staff eats pasta concocted out of whatever didn't sell at dinner.
  • We may go on a high- carbohydrate diet, then get bored with pasta and switch to a high-meat diet.
  • There on the bottom of my red plastic colander that had held so many strands of pasta was my hip.
  • Romance can fill you better than pasta, and when it's digested it leaves you thin.
  • She heated up store-bought meatballs and pasta in a wok and told him, as usual, that she had made it from scratch.
  • Toss pasta with butter, then add tomato powder to taste, tossing to combine.
British Dictionary definitions for pasta


any of several variously shaped edible preparations made from a flour and water dough, such as spaghetti
Word Origin
Italian, from Late Latin: paste1
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Word Origin and History for pasta

1874, from Italian pasta, from Late Latin pasta "dough, pastry cake, paste," from Greek pasta "barley porridge," probably originally "a salted mess of food," from neuter plural of pastos (adj.) "sprinkled, salted," from passein "to sprinkle," from PIE root *kwet- "to shake" (see quash).

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