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[rav-ee-oh-lee, rah-vee-; Italian rah-vyaw-lee] /ˌræv iˈoʊ li, ˌrɑ vi-; Italian rɑˈvyɔ li/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
small cases of pasta, often square, stuffed with a filling, usually of meat or cheese, and often served with a tomato sauce.
Origin of ravioli
1835-45; < Italian, plural of dial. raviolo little turnip, diminutive of rava < Latin rāpa; see rape2
Usage note
See zucchini. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ravioli
  • Offerings change by the month, but if the duck confit ravioli are available, grab them.
  • Menu options include entrees such as ricotta ravioli and pan-seared scallops.
  • Tuna tartare, beef tongue confit and country-style ravioli are all on the menu at this fine-dining establishment.
  • Gourmet dishes at lunch range from hand-rolled gnocchi to short-rib ravioli with celery root purée.
  • Vegetarians will enjoy homemade pasta dishes such as mushroom ravioli.
  • More than a dozen pastas are on offer, including lobster ravioli and homemade gnocchi.
  • Several vegetarian plates are available, including fresh pesto pasta or three-cheese ravioli.
  • The varied menu provides such fare as curried vegetables, three-cheese ravioli and lobster mac and cheese.
  • The specialties of the house are crab soup and lobster ravioli according to the manager.
  • People could not get enough of their ravioli with duck confit and apple topping, and their pulled pork was moist and flavorful.
British Dictionary definitions for ravioli


small squares of pasta containing a savoury mixture of meat, cheese, etc
Word Origin
C19: from Italian dialect, literally: little turnips, from Italian rava turnip, from Latin rāpa
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Word Origin and History for ravioli

1610s, from Middle English raffyolys, also rafyols (late 14c.). The word probably was re-borrowed several times, most recently in 1841, from Italian ravioli, a dialectal plural of raviolo, a diminutive of an unidentified noun, perhaps of rava "turnip."

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