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


a slightly flattened Italian yeast bread made with olive oil and having large air pockets within.

Origin of ciabatta

1985-90; < Italian: literally, slipper Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ciabatta



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

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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