from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Pasta in large-sized tubes.
  • n. A dish consisting of such tubes stuffed with meat or cheese, usually served hot with a tomato sauce.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Wide tubes of pasta filled with a savoury stuffing and baked in the oven.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Tubular large noodles that are usually stuffed with mild cheese and baked in tomato sauce; -- a type of Italian pasta; also a dish of such noodles thus prepared.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large pasta tubes stuffed with chopped meat or mild cheese and baked in tomato sauce


Italian, pl. of manicotto, muff, from manica, sleeve, from Latin manicae, sleeves, from manus, hand; see man-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian muffs (Wiktionary)


  • Mom promised to make manicotti, which is Douglas’s favorite, and mine, too.

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  • And many Puebloans regularly stop in for takeout sub sandwiches, meatballs or sausage and pasta specialties such as manicotti or ravioli.

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  • Even the flying spaghetti monster on Futurama: "You seriously believe I'm descended from some kind of flightless manicotti?"

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  • During the holidays, hang out with friends who skip pumpkin lattes to sip green tea and prefer manicures instead of manicotti Neapolitan.

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  • Never mind the tough love and bring on the manicotti.

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  • If I had to do it all over again, I'd come back as an Italian-American kid—in part because of the warmth, the affection, the passion and the generosity, but mostly because of the manicotti.

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  • When I was a kid, my own Irish-American mother was a terrible cook, so I would dutifully eat the remains of whatever luckless animal she'd just burned to a crisp, puke it up and then run down the street to Richie Giardinelli's house, where his mother was always baking ziti or cooking up a fresh pot of meatballs or making manicotti.

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  • Speaking from my own experience, I would argue that the best mothers are Italian-Americans, in part because they are warm and affectionate, but mostly because of the manicotti.

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  • Kids learn to make signature dishes like manicotti.


  • I asked Dan what they ordered, and he said, “Oh, we all had manicotti.”

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