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noun, plural pen·ne.
  1. a type of tubular pasta having diagonally cut ends.
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Origin of penne

1970–75; < Italian, plural of penna pen, feather, quill
Can be confusedpenne penny
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Related Words for penne

tortellini, spaghetti, penne, shells

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Historical Examples of penne

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

    For Faith and Freedom

    Walter Besant

  • 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


  1. pasta in the form of short tubes
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Word Origin for penne

C20: Italian, literally: quills
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