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[spuh-get-ee] /spəˈgɛt i/
a white, starchy pasta of Italian origin that is made in the form of long strings, boiled, and served with any of a variety of meat, tomato, or other sauces.
Electricity. an insulating tubing of small diameter into which bare wire can be slipped.
Origin of spaghetti
1885-90; < Italian, plural of spaghetto, diminutive of spago thin rope < Late Latin spacus twine, probably < Greek sphákos long-threaded lichen
Usage note
See zucchini. Unabridged
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  • A steaming plate of spaghetti a la Italien was before him, to his left a large bowl of salad, to his right a bottle of red wine.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • But catty-corners across was the back of that spaghetti mill.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • Garnish one side with spaghetti in cream and the other side with new peas in butter.

  • Parmesan is an Italian cheese, excellent with macaroni and spaghetti.

  • He smelt the very rich, nourishing odor of spaghetti fried with garlic, and sniffed unappreciatively, in spite of his hunger.

    The Pursuit Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
British Dictionary definitions for spaghetti


pasta in the form of long strings
Word Origin
C19: from Italian: little cords, from spago a cord
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for spaghetti

1849 (as sparghetti, in Eliza Acton's "Modern Cookery"), from Italian spaghetti, plural of spaghetto "string, twine," diminutive of spago "cord," of uncertain origin. Spaghetti Western (one filmed in Italy) first attested 1969. Spaghetti strap is from 1972.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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in spades

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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