[al den-tey, -tee; Italian ahl den-te]
(especially of pasta) cooked so as not to be too soft; firm to the bite: spaghetti al dente.
Origin of al dente
1945–50; Italian: literally, to the tooth
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Contemporary Examples of al dente
Cook for 6-8 minutes; you want them al-dente, because they'll keep cooking in the hot soup.The Gadget Chef: Reconstructed Chicken Soup
November 2, 2012
(of a pasta dish) cooked so as to be firm when eaten
Word Origin for al dente
literally: to the tooth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1935, Italian, literally "to the tooth," from Latin dent (see tooth).
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