[rav-ee-oh-lee, rah-vee-; Italian rah-vyaw-lee]

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

small cases of pasta, often square, stuffed with a filling, usually of meat or cheese, and often served with a tomato sauce.

Origin of ravioli

1835–45; < Italian, plural of dial. raviolo little turnip, diminutive of rava < Latin rāpa; see rape2

Usage note

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Examples from the Web for ravioli

Historical Examples of ravioli

  • Have some rich stock boiling in a stewpan; poach the ravioli five minutes.

    Choice Cookery

    Catherine Owen

  • Mix well together and add to the paste as for other ravioli.

    Allied Cookery

    Grace Glergue Harrison and Gertrude Clergue

  • Ravioli and a sweet, and dont annoy us with any olives, said OLeary to the waiter.

    The Woman Gives

    Owen Johnson

  • The ravioli are then to be served hot seasoned with cheese and butter or with brown stock or tomato sauce.

  • Roll very fine and cover half the crust with ravioli dressing half-inch thick.

British Dictionary definitions for ravioli



small squares of pasta containing a savoury mixture of meat, cheese, etc

Word Origin for ravioli

C19: from Italian dialect, literally: little turnips, from Italian rava turnip, from Latin rāpa
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Word Origin and History for ravioli

1610s, from Middle English raffyolys, also rafyols (late 14c.). The word probably was re-borrowed several times, most recently in 1841, from Italian ravioli, a dialectal plural of raviolo, a diminutive of an unidentified noun, perhaps of rava "turnip."

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