Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • 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.

    Why Italian Moms Are the Best

  • 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.

    Why Italian Moms Are the Best

  • 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.

    Why Italian Moms Are the Best

  • 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.

    Why Italian Moms Are the Best

  • Kids learn to make signature dishes like manicotti.

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

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