Definition of puttanesca in English:

puttanesca

Syllabification: put·ta·nes·ca
Pronunciation: /ˌpo͞otəˈneskə, ˌpo͞otnˈeskə
 
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adjective

[usually postpositive]
  • Denoting a pasta sauce typically including tomatoes, garlic, olives, and anchovies: pasta puttanesca
    More example sentences
    • I had a pizza puttanesca with anchovies, olives (with pips) and cherry tomatoes.
    • That night we were having puttanesca, a spicy pasta dish that everyone should try at least once in their life.
    • And lunch was a crispy salad with pasta puttanesca and crusty garlicky bread - all fabulous.

Origin

Italian, from puttana 'prostitute' (the sauce is said to have been devised by prostitutes as one that could be cooked quickly between clients' visits).

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