Definitions

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

  • adj. Made or covered with Parmesan cheese: eggplant parmigiana.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Cooked or served with Parmesan cheese.
  • n. A cooking style in which a main ingredient is combined with cheese and coated with tomato sauce before being baked.

Etymologies

Italian, feminine of parmigiano, of Parma, after Parma , Italy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian parmigiana (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The ability to simultaneously read Vernon Geberth and eat eggplant parmigiana is possibly a sign that I should have pursued that career in forensic anth after all, isn't it?

    how did i know that this would be my fate?

  • Lori Eanes for The Wall Street Journal A16 also serves eggplant parmigiana, above, and other Italian dishes that draw food-industry types to the restaurant.

    A16

  • The only exception I make is when I'm going to fry them or want to roast them to a creamy softness, as in moussaka or parmigiana, because salting does seem to deter them from soaking up such a gargantuan amount of oil.

    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's aubergine recipes

  • In France, they're a vital component of ratatouille, along with peppers and tomatoes; they play a starring role in Sicilian caponata, that combination of aubergine, celery, tomatoes and capers; and they are at their velvety best in southern Italian melanzane parmigiana, the meltingly delicious dish of layered aubergine, tomato and cheese; and, of course, Greeks love moussaka (see today's recipe).

    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's aubergine recipes

  • Bartolomeo has all the Italian-American specialties we all love — sausage and peppers, meatballs, chicken parmigiana — all set and ready to go.

    NJ Dining: Bartolomeo (Englewood)

  • The buffet includes traditional favorites like Caesar salad, cheese pizza, eggplant parmigiana and other Italian staples.

    Scott Bridges: Sunday Brunch at Malibu Country Mart

  • I'm up for any of these dishes -- or for her voluptuous eggplant parmigiana -- next time Lidia plans to spend an afternoon at the stove.

    Rozanne Gold: Lidia's Italy in America

  • En route to the ceremony, the president ate lunch — including eggplant parmigiana — at a firehouse, Engine 54, which on 9/11 lost all 15 members on duty.

    Obama lays wreath at Ground Zero, meets with families, firefighters, cops

  • Mr. Carro pours olive oil over the parmigiana di melanzane in forma.

    Soho by Way of South Beach

  • Try anything dressed with the house tomato sauce like the chicken parmigiana for $16.95, served with salad, bread and a choice of fresh vegetables or pasta.

    Winter Park, Fla.

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