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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. (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.
  • n. A dish or serving of pasta.
  • n. A type of pasta.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


Italian, from Late Latin, paste, pastry cake; see paste1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian pasta, from Latin pasta ("dough, pastry cake, paste"), from Ancient Greek παστά (pasta, "barley porridge"), from παστός (pastos, "sprinkled with salt") (Wiktionary)



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