[boh-luh-neez, -nees, -luh n-yeez, -yees; for 2 also boh-luh n-yeyz, -yey-zee or, Italian, baw-law-nye-ze]
  1. of or relating to Bologna or its inhabitants.
  2. Italian Cookery. served with a cream sauce typically containing prosciutto, ground beef, and cheese.
  3. Fine Arts. noting a style or manner of painting developed in Bologna during the late 16th century by the Carracci, characterized chiefly by forms and colors derived from the Roman high renaissance and from the Venetians.
noun, plural Bo·lo·gnese.
  1. a native or inhabitant of Bologna.

Origin of Bolognese

From Italian, dating back to 1750–60; see origin at Bologna, -ese Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for bolognese

Contemporary Examples of bolognese

  • His prophecy kicked off a vertiginous frenzy of doomsaying, and he was thrown in jail by fearful Bolognese officials.

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    The Volcano That Rewrote History

    William O’Connor

    May 5, 2014

  • The city and its environs are where lasagna, tortellini, and Bolognese sauce—not to mention bologna—originated.

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    Italy Plans a Disneyland for Foodies

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

    March 16, 2014

Historical Examples of bolognese

  • The Bolognese has made my portrait; he means to take it with him to Rome.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • They were the offspring of a Bolognese noble house, neither wealthy nor poor.

    Vittoria, Complete

    George Meredith

  • The second old man is il Dottore, who is a Bolognese, and a doctor of the University.

    Venetian Life

    William Dean Howells

  • Besides, it's unfair to pass straight from the Greek mythology to the Bolognese.

    Italian Hours

    Henry James

  • In connexion with these examples, there is also the Bolognese feiṅ, Ital.

British Dictionary definitions for bolognese


  1. of or relating to Bologna or its inhabitants
  1. a native or inhabitant of Bologna
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Word Origin and History for bolognese



1756, pertaining to Bologna (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper