[ boh-luh-neez, -nees, -luh n-yeez, -yees; for 2 also boh-luh n-yeyz, -yey-zee or, Italian, baw-law-nye-ze ]
/ ˌboʊ ləˈniz, -ˈnis, -lənˈyiz, -ˈyis; for 2 also ˌboʊ lənˈyeɪz, -ˈyeɪ zi or, Italian, ˌbɔ lɔˈnyɛ zɛ /


of or relating to Bologna or its inhabitants.
Italian Cookery. served with a cream sauce typically containing prosciutto, ground beef, and cheese.
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.

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bolognese


/ (ˌbɒləˈniːz, -ˈneɪz) /


of or relating to Bologna or its inhabitants


a native or inhabitant of Bologna
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Word Origin and History for bolognese



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

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