- (especially in Italian cooking) a thick mush of cornmeal.
Origin of polenta
Examples from the Web for polenta
Against the creaminess of the polenta it was just soooo good.
Heading into the small makeshift kitchen inside his shack he retrieved a large jar of polenta.
Jumbo crabmeat and avocado, Colorado rack of lamb with tarragon jus, and Parmesan polenta cake was eaten by candlelight.Ghouls of Wall Street
April 20, 2010
Seitan and Polenta Skillet with Fresh Greens by Nava Atlas: Just the color of this dish makes me happy.Fresh Picks
October 27, 2009
Add the salt, pepper and polenta and whisk until thick about four minutes.Polenta With Spicy Sausage and Red Pepper Relish
August 25, 2009
The only mention of the Polenta family, apart from that of Francesca, is at Inf.The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri
Might it not just as well be rice, or polenta, or even beef and bacon?Soliloquies in England
An old woman and her son were cooking their polenta, but no herds were in sight.Italian Alps
Douglas William Freshfield
Not so in London; nor were there grapes or polenta even if she desired nothing else.The Village of Youth
The other part is bad Italian—pampered Italian, fed for generations on oil and polenta.Rest Harrow
- a thick porridge made in Italy, usually from maize
Word Origin and History for polenta
Old English polente, from Latin pollenta, polenta, literally "peeled barley," related to pollen "fine flour," from Proto-Indo-European *pel- (1) "flour; dust" (see pollen). Later reborrowed from Italian polenta, from the Latin word.