[fri-tah-tuh; Italian freet-tah-tah]
noun, plural frit·ta·tas, Italian frit·ta·te [freet-tah-te] /fritˈtɑ tɛ/. Italian Cookery.
  1. an omelet resembling a large pancake and containing vegetables, seasonings, and often ricotta, Parmesan, or other cheese.

Origin of frittata

1930–35; < Italian: omelet, equivalent to fritt(o) fried (see frit) + -ata -ade1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for frittata


  1. an Italian dish made with eggs and chopped vegetables or meat, resembling a flat thick omelette

Word Origin for frittata

C20: Italian, from fritto, past participle of friggere to fry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for frittata

1884, from Italian frittata, from fritto "fried" (see frit).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper