al dente

[al den-tey, -tee; Italian ahl den-te]

adjective, adverb

(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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for al dente

firm, medium

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British Dictionary definitions for al dente

al dente


(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

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

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