[ tawr-tl-ee-nee; Italian tawr-tel-lee-nee ]
/ ˌtɔr tlˈi ni; Italian ˌtɔr tɛlˈli ni /
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plural noun Italian Cooking.
small rounds of pasta, filled, as with a meat or cheese stuffing, and then shaped into rings and boiled: often served in broth or with a sauce.
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Origin of tortellini
1905–10; <Italian, plural of tortellino, diminutive of tortello stuffed pastry, diminutive (with gender change) of torta cake; see torte
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How to use tortellini in a sentence
The city and its environs are where lasagna, tortellini, and Bolognese sauce—not to mention bologna—originated.
The food is Italian—risotto, tortellini, salad—in a nod to a mystifying (to me) sequence in the film.
British Dictionary definitions for tortellini
/ (ˌtɔːtəˈliːnɪ) /
pasta cut into small rounds, folded about a filling, and boiled
Word Origin for tortellini
from Italian, diminutive of tortelli a type of pie, ultimately from Late Latin tōrta a round loaf or cake; see torte
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