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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
Historical Examples
  • Have some rich stock boiling in a stewpan; poach the ravioli five minutes.

    Choice Cookery Catherine Owen
  • Mix well together and add to the paste as for other ravioli.

    Allied Cookery

    Grace Glergue Harrison and Gertrude Clergue
  • ravioli and a sweet, and dont annoy us with any olives, said OLeary to the waiter.

    The Woman Gives

    Owen Johnson
  • The ravioli are then to be served hot seasoned with cheese and butter or with brown stock or tomato sauce.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • Roll very fine and cover half the crust with ravioli dressing half-inch thick.

  • Boil these ravioli in salted water, being careful not to break them open.

  • Arrange the ravioli on a platter, pour the hot sauce over them and finish with a sprinkling of grated cheese.

  • Enclose in little squares of the home made paste described above, and cook and serve as in the preceding recipe for ravioli.

  • The very melodies of Verdi and Rossini are inextricably twined in our minds around memories of ravioli and zabaglione.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • They had ravioli a la Tuscany, and after that some very rare fruit cake that had come only the week before from sunny Italy.

    The Arrow of Fire

    Roy J. Snell
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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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