Definition of pesto in English:

pesto

Syllabification: pes·to
Pronunciation: /ˈpestō
 
/

noun

  • A sauce of crushed basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil, typically served with pasta.
    More example sentences
    • On a cold blustery night, a meal of pasta, fresh pesto and good Parmesan made me feel like summer might not be far away.
    • Guests can choose from a selection of sauces, including basil pesto, tomato pesto and bolognaise from a simmering wok.
    • Thank God for pasta and those lovely little pots of sauce and pesto to pour over the top.

Origin

Italian, from pestare 'pound, crush'.

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