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minestrone

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

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

minestrone

noun
  1. a soup made from a variety of vegetables and pasta
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Word Origin

from Italian, from minestrare to serve
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Word Origin and History for minestrone

n.

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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