[ mahr-uh-nahr-uh, mar-uh-nar-uh ]
/ ˌmɑr əˈnɑr ə, ˌmær əˈnær ə /


Italian Cookery. a highly seasoned sauce of tomatoes, garlic, and spices.


garnished or served with marinara: shrimps marinara.

Origin of marinara

1945–50; < Italian (alla) marinara literally, in sailor's style, feminine of marinaro seafaring (adj.), sailor (noun) (dial., for Tuscan marinaio), equivalent to marin(a) sea, noun use of feminine of marino marine + -aro < Latin -ārius -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for marinara

  • Rotisserie-style chicken, whole wheat roll OR whole-wheat spaghetti with Marinara and mozarella cheese.

    The Global School Lunch Project|David Frum|December 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
  • But the bar snack preparation often masks the delicate squid-iness with dominating flavors of grease and marinara sauce.

    What to Eat||August 25, 2009|DAILY BEAST