[ spuh-get-ee ]
/ spəˈgɛt i /


a white, starchy pasta of Italian origin that is made in the form of long strings, boiled, and served with any of a variety of meat, tomato, or other sauces.
Electricity. an insulating tubing of small diameter into which bare wire can be slipped.

Nearby words

  1. spado,
  2. spae,
  3. spaetzle,
  4. spaewife,
  5. spag,
  6. spaghetti junction,
  7. spaghetti squash,
  8. spaghetti strap,
  9. spaghetti western,
  10. spaghettification

Origin of spaghetti

1885–90; < Italian, plural of spaghetto, diminutive of spago thin rope < Late Latin spacus twine, probably < Greek sphákos long-threaded lichen

Usage note Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for spaghetti


/ (spəˈɡɛtɪ) /


pasta in the form of long strings

Word Origin for spaghetti

C19: from Italian: little cords, from spago a cord

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Word Origin and History for spaghetti



1849 (as sparghetti, in Eliza Acton's "Modern Cookery"), from Italian spaghetti, plural of spaghetto "string, twine," diminutive of spago "cord," of uncertain origin. Spaghetti Western (one filmed in Italy) first attested 1969. Spaghetti strap is from 1972.

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