Definition of pesto in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpestō/


A sauce of crushed basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil, typically served with pasta.
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.


Italian, from pestare 'pound, crush'.

Words that rhyme with pesto

manifesto, presto

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: pes·to

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