[ ri-saw-toh, -soh-toh, -sot-oh; Italian ree-zawt-taw ]
/ rɪˈsɔ toʊ, -ˈsoʊ toʊ, -ˈsɒt oʊ; Italian riˈzɔt tɔ /

noun Italian Cookery.

a dish of rice cooked with broth and flavored with grated cheese and other ingredients.

Nearby words

  1. risk-benefit,
  2. risktaker,
  3. risky,
  4. risorgimento,
  5. risorius muscle,
  6. risque,
  7. risqué,
  8. riss,
  9. rissole,
  10. rissolé

Origin of risotto

1850–55; < Italian, derivative of riso rice

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British Dictionary definitions for risotto


/ (rɪˈzɒtəʊ) /

noun plural -tos

a dish of rice cooked in stock and served variously with tomatoes, cheese, chicken, etc

Word Origin for risotto

C19: from Italian, from riso rice

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Word Origin and History for risotto



rice cooked in broth with meat and cheese, 1848, from Italian risotto, from riso "rice" (see rice). At first in Italian contexts; it begins to appear in English cookery books c.1880.

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