from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Unleavened dough, made with wheat or other flour, water, and sometimes eggs, that is molded into any of a variety of shapes and boiled.
  • noun A prepared dish containing pasta as its main ingredient.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Any of a variety of edible unleavened doughey preparations made from flour, eggs and water, originating in Italy, and shaped into various forms, such as solid strings (as spaghetti), hollow tubes, or layered squares (ravioli). They may be mixed with various sauces, often having a tomato base, or filled with meat or cheese fillings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable (particularly in Italian cooking) Dough made from wheat and water and sometimes mixed with egg and formed into various shapes; often sold in dried form, it is typically boiled for eating.
  • noun uncountable A dish or serving of pasta.
  • noun countable A type of pasta.

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

  • noun a dish that contains pasta as its main ingredient
  • noun shaped and dried dough made from flour and water and sometimes egg


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

[Italian, from Late Latin, paste, pastry cake; see paste.]

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From Italian pasta, from Latin pasta ("dough, pastry cake, paste"), from Ancient Greek παστά (pasta, "barley porridge"), from παστός (pastos, "sprinkled with salt")


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