[ juh-lah-toh ]
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noun,plural ge·la·ti [juh-lah-tee], /dʒəˈlɑ ti/, ge·la·tos.
  1. an Italian-style ice cream containing almost no air, and thereby denser and richer than other ice creams.

Origin of gelato

First recorded in 1930–35; from Italian: literally “frozen,” noun use of past participle of gelare “to freeze,” from Latin gelāre

Words Nearby gelato Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gelato in a sentence

  • For dessert there is gelato and miniature cannoli and cupcakes with fangs on them.

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  • The mixture also forms the basis of gelato-glycerin, used in nasal bougies, and of glyco-gelatin for medicated lozenges.

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British Dictionary definitions for gelato


/ (dʒəˈlɑːtəʊ) /

  1. Italian ice-cream

Origin of gelato

C20: Italian, literally, frozen

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