Share this entry

Bolognese Line breaks: Bolo|gnese
Pronunciation: /bɒləˈneɪz/

Definition of Bolognese in English:


1Relating to Bologna or its people: the Bolognese painters of the 17th century
More example sentences
  • As a young man, Cassini then worked for the Bolognese government and also held the chair at the University of Bologna.
  • He was also the first Bolognese composer to publish solo violin sonatas.
  • His style appears to derive from Ercole de' Roberti and shows affinities with that of Lorenzo Costa, during his Bolognese period.
2 (bolognese or British also bolognaise) Denoting a sauce of minced beef, tomato, onion, and herbs, typically served with pasta: ravioli with bolognese sauce [postpositive]: tagliatelle bolognaise
More example sentences
  • Tonight I made myself truly the most awesome bolognaise sauce ever.
  • For £5.15 they get pasta bolognaise, a juice and a chocolate chip cookie.
  • Make meals such bolognese sauce or casseroles in bulk and freeze portions so you don't have to cook every night.

noun (plural same)

Back to top  
1A native or inhabitant of Bologna: the Bolognese invented tagliatelle, tortellini, and lasagne
More example sentences
  • It is said that when the Bolognese eat their famous tortellini in brodo (in broth), they never speak a word until the dish is finished.
  • In this country the typical Italian is a Genoese; but the Bolognese are as different from these in stature, appearance, and character as are the English.
  • Reflecting on why the walking pace of the average Bolognese was so slow, he realized it was because the arcades meant that the pace was set by the tortoise, rather than the hare.
2 (bolognese or British also bolognaise) A pasta dish made with bolognese sauce, in particular spaghetti bolognese, or the sauce itself: I offered to cook a bolognese for lunch the bolognaise was delicious
More example sentences
  • For 10 bucks, the daily changing pasta specials range from Friday's vongole to Monday's Bolognese.
  • There have been concerns that the horse meat used in burgers, lasagne and Bolognese sold in the UK is contaminated with veterinary drugs.
  • Despite having dined at Corrieri's a dozen times, I have continually failed to get past the superb bolognaise to order other more adventurous dishes.


Italian; the form bolognaise is via French.

Definition of Bolognese in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Related Words