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[tawr-toh-nee] /tɔrˈtoʊ ni/
ice cream made with eggs and heavy cream, often containing chopped cherries or topped with minced almonds or crumbled macaroons.
Origin of tortoni
First recorded in 1940-45; said to be after an Italian café owner in Paris in the 18th century Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for tortoni
Historical Examples
  • (You can get them that way at tortoni's)—Write, if you please!

  • It was at tortoni's that he had made the acquaintance of Dubourg.

  • At tortoni's and the Café Anglais, not a glimmer is visible.

    Paris under the Commune John Leighton
  • Does tortoni ever give his customers a repast they enjoy more?

    Paul Kelver Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
  • The sumptuous cafs tortoni founded in 1798 and de Paris opened 1822 have long since passed away.

    Paris and its Story Thomas Okey
  • tortoni's, the last survivor of whose founders died only the other day, has its historical reminiscences.

  • In the afternoon I was sitting at tortoni's, when a gentleman of about thirty-five came up to me.

    An Englishman in Paris

    Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
  • The Caf Procope was to men of intellect what some few years later tortoni's was to men of fashion.

    A Wanderer in Paris

    E. V. Lucas
  • Young Veloni brought with him his friend tortoni, an industrious and intelligent man.

    A Wanderer in Paris

    E. V. Lucas
  • At precisely twelve o'clock I was at tortoni's, and found my broker already expecting me.

British Dictionary definitions for tortoni


a rich ice cream often flavoured with sherry
Word Origin
from Italian: probably from the name of a 19th-century Italian caterer in Paris
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Contemporary definitions for tortoni

a rum- or sherry-flavored frozen Italian dessert of ice cream or whipped cream, topped with chopped macaroons, cherries, or almonds; also called biscuit tortoni

Word Origin

for Italian café owner in Paris who created it

Usage Note

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