Definition of arancini in English:


plural noun

  • Small balls of rice stuffed with a savory filling, coated in breadcrumbs, and fried.

    ‘sun-dried tomato and mozzarella arancini served with salad’
    • ‘The nostalgia inspired me to make arancini for dinner (I even made the breadcrumbs myself).’
    • ‘I think arancini would make a better a side dish or appetizer than a main course or singular snack.’
    • ‘Apparently, arancini were developed as antipasti snacks in Sicily.’
    • ‘For a main course, try the arancini – balls of risotto and mozzarella, rolled in polenta and fried so close to perfection that you'll be wondering if it's unseemly to ask for more.’
    • ‘She served them with curried pineapple, a nice touch as the arancini was good, but a bit bland.’
    • ‘Drizzle vinaigrette alongside arancini in straight line, place a dollop of soy jelly alongside and serve immediately.’
    • ‘Called arancini, they're meant to (kind of) resemble oranges … until you cut them open, of course.’
    • ‘Craving the arancini at Galleria Umberto, she drove in the other day, hoping to win the scramble for parking before the pizzeria sold out.’
    • ‘I was pleased to see arancini on the list of appetizers since I associate this dish with home cooking.’



/ˌärənˈCHēnē/ /ˌɑrənˈtʃini/ /ˌerənˈCHēnē/ /ˌɛrənˈtʃini/


Italian, plural of arancino, from arancia ‘orange’ + the diminutive suffix -ino.