Definition of spaghetti in English:



mass noun
  • 1Pasta made in solid strings, between macaroni and vermicelli in thickness.

    • ‘As an alternative, instead of using spaghetti, use pasta shells instead.’
    • ‘More than 40 percent of those surveyed said spaghetti is their favorite pasta.’
    • ‘All types of macaroni and spaghetti, seen on local shelves, are produced here.’
    • ‘At last Sainsbury's have increased their range of fresh pastas, until recently they only had penne, tagliatelle or spaghetti.’
    • ‘The Italian presence has resulted in a great popularity for pasta dishes such as spaghetti, lasagna, cannelloni, and ravioli.’
    • ‘She ate some macaroni-and-cheese for breakfast, spaghetti for lunch, and applesauce as a snack.’
    • ‘Until I got married, pasta to me meant tins of spaghetti, boy was I wrong.’
    • ‘Lifting the pasta up high she tosses the spaghetti with a wooden fork and spoon to mix everything together.’
    • ‘The pasta factory is able to produce 400 kg of spaghetti per hour and 700 kg of macaroni, pasta elbows or pasta rice.’
    • ‘This is an extraordinarily unusual kind of pasta dish named spaghetti alla crema con alghe, or spaghetti with cream and liver.’
    • ‘The bigoli in salsa arrives: buckwheat spaghetti coated in pounded anchovies and onion, with raisins and pine nuts to sweeten the aggressiveness of the fish.’
    • ‘The simple Italian menu pulls no surprises but is hearty and well executed; grilled aubergine, spaghetti with clams and roast rack of lamb all feature.’
    • ‘When I first arrived here I was very puzzled by tinned food - I still don't understand spaghetti on toast, or why you use so much vinegar.’
    • ‘Mussels and leeks mix happily in his homemade spaghetti.’
    • ‘Place some spaghetti into the bottom of each ring mold.’
    • ‘The marathon-runner's friend, spaghetti is packed with starch, which helps to build and replenish glycogen stores within the muscles and liver.’
    • ‘Toss the spaghetti with the oil and herb mixture, adding a little of the reserved cooking water if necessary, so that the spaghetti slides smoothly.’
    • ‘She decided, one Saturday morning, to make spaghetti for dinner that night.’
    • ‘He keeps nothing in the fridge and frequents diners when he craves spaghetti.’
    • ‘If you wouldn't put dried spaghetti in a pot with a mysterious flavour sachet and hot water, you shouldn't do the same to noodles.’
    1. 1.1An Italian dish consisting largely of spaghetti, typically with a sauce.


Italian, plural of the diminutive of spago ‘string’.