[te-truh-zee-nee; Italian te-traht-tsee-nee]
  1. (often lowercase) served over pasta with a cream sauce, often flavored with sherry, sprinkled with cheese, and browned in the oven: chicken Tetrazzini.

Origin of Tetrazzini

(in def 2) after L. Tetrazzini, for whom it was first made
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Examples from the Web for tetrazzini

Historical Examples of tetrazzini

  • I imagine that Tetrazzini, whom I have not yet heard, must have this bird-like quality.

  • As I reached it, I heard a trill as perfect as Tetrazzini's.

    The Golden Slipper

    Anna Katharine Green

  • Singing is as the breath of life to Tetrazzini—as natural as the air she breathes.

    Vocal Mastery

    Harriette Brower

  • If the singer is a celebrated person, like Melba or Tetrazzini, you say she was in her usual brilliant form.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Miss Jeanette Gilder was one of the ardent enthusiasts at the debut of Tetrazzini.

    Toaster's Handbook

    Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers

British Dictionary definitions for tetrazzini


  1. Luisa (luˈiːza). 1871–1940, Italian coloratura soprano
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