[fet-uh-chee-nee; Italian fet-toot-chee-ne]

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

pasta cut in flat narrow strips.

Also fet·tuc·ci·ni [fet-uh-chee-nee] /ˌfɛt əˈtʃi ni/.

Origin of fettuccine

1910–15; < Italian, plural of fettuccina, diminutive of fettuccia, diminutive of fetta slice, ribbon < *offetta < Latin off(a) flour cake, lump of food + Italian -etta diminutive suffix (see -ette)

Usage note

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Word Origin and History for fettuccini

see fettuccine.



1922, from Italian fettuccine, plural of fettuccina, literally "little ribbon," diminutive of fetta "slice, ribbon" (see fetta).

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