[ al den-tey, -tee; Italian ahl den-te ]
/ æl ˈdɛn teɪ, -ti; Italian ɑl ˈdɛn tɛ /
(especially of pasta) cooked so as not to be too soft; firm to the bite: spaghetti al dente.
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Origin of al dente
1945–50; Italian: literally, to the tooth
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British Dictionary definitions for al dente
/ Italian (al ˈdɛnte) /
(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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