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[pen-ey] /ˈpɛn eɪ/
noun, plural penne.
a type of tubular pasta having diagonally cut ends.
Origin of penne
1970-75; < Italian, plural of penna pen, feather, quill
Can be confused
penne, penny. Unabridged
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  • When we reached Bristol, we found Mr. penne upon the Quay, with some other merchants.

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  • I told him Barbadoes, according to the information given me by Mr. penne.

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  • Well, it is lucky for us that we have this letter of Mr. penne's.

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  • But I must admire the cunning of the man penne, who not only took from Alice—poor child!

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  • Mr. penne, who is all goodness, will reward thee for thy kindness to me.'

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  • My hand and penne supplies the place, and shall do so alway.

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  • Mr. penne (astounded)—Wh-wh—I'm afraid I fail to understand you.

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  • Mr. penne (helpless under the spell)—If you will be so good.

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  • So was it in diuision by the penne, and therfore was there a cypher set in the quotient: but howe shall that be noted here?

  • The Captain swore lustily that, on his return, he would seek out the villain penne and break his neck for him.

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British Dictionary definitions for penne


pasta in the form of short tubes
Word Origin
C20: Italian, literally: quills
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