noun, plural pen·ne.

a type of tubular pasta having diagonally cut ends.


Origin of penne

1970–75; < Italian, plural of penna pen, feather, quill
Can be confusedpenne penny Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for penne

Historical Examples of penne

  • When we reached Bristol, we found Mr. Penne upon the Quay, with some other merchants.

  • I told him Barbadoes, according to the information given me by Mr. Penne.

  • Well, it is lucky for us that we have this letter of Mr. Penne's.

  • But I must admire the cunning of the man Penne, who not only took from Alice—poor child!

  • Mr. Penne, who is all goodness, will reward thee for thy kindness to me.'

British Dictionary definitions for penne



pasta in the form of short tubes

Word Origin for penne

C20: Italian, literally: quills
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