[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. marimba,
  2. marin,
  3. marin, john,
  4. marina,
  5. marinade,
  6. marinate,
  7. marinduque,
  8. marine,
  9. marine archaeology,
  10. marine barometer

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