[ rig-uh-toh-nee ]
/ ˌrɪg əˈtoʊ ni /


a tubular pasta in short, ribbed pieces.

Origin of rigatoni

1925–30; < Italian (noun plural), equivalent to rigat(o) furrowed, lined, striped (past participle of rigare, derivative of riga a line < Langobardic *rīga) + -oni plural augmentative suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for rigatoni


/ (ˌrɪɡəˈtəʊnɪ) /


macaroni in the form of short ridged often slightly curved pieces

Word Origin for rigatoni

C20: Italian, plural of rigato, from rigare to draw lines, make stripes, from riga a line, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for rigatoni



"short, hollow, fluted tubes of pasta," 1930, from Italian rigatooni, plural of rigato, past participle of rigare "to draw a line, to make fluting," from riga "line; something cut out," from a Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *rigon- (cf. row (n.1)), from PIE *rei- "to scratch, tear, cut" (see riparian).

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