al dente

[ al den-tey, -tee; Italian ahl den-te ]
/ æl ˈdɛn teɪ, -ti; Italian ɑl ˈdɛn tɛ /

adjective, adverb

(especially of pasta) cooked so as not to be too soft; firm to the bite: spaghetti al dente.

Nearby words

  1. akutagawa, ryunosuke,
  2. akvavit,
  3. akwa ibom,
  4. akyab,
  5. al,
  6. al desko,
  7. al farabi,
  8. al fatah,
  9. al fayed,
  10. al fine

Origin of al dente

1945–50; Italian: literally, to the tooth

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British Dictionary definitions for al dente

al dente

/ Italian (al ˈdɛnte) /

adjective

(of a pasta dish) cooked so as to be firm when eaten

Word Origin for al dente

literally: to the tooth

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Word Origin and History for al dente

al dente

1935, Italian, literally "to the tooth," from Latin dent (see tooth).

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