ciabatta

[chuh-bah-tuh; Italian chah-baht-tah]

Origin of ciabatta

1985-90; < Italian: literally, slipper
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British Dictionary definitions for ciabatta

ciabatta

noun
  1. a type of open-textured bread made with olive oil

Word Origin for ciabatta

C20: from Italian, literally: slipper
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Word Origin and History for ciabatta
n.

type of Italian bread, c.1990, from Italian ciabatta, literally "carpet slipper," so called for its shape; from the same source that produced French sabot, Spanish zapata (see sabotage (n.)).

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