Definition of al dente in English:

al dente

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Pronunciation: /al ˈdɛnteɪ
 
, -ti/

adjective & adverb

  • (Of food, typically pasta) cooked so as to be still firm when bitten.
    More example sentences
    • In cooking, the adjective al dente describes pasta and (less commonly) rice that has been cooked so as to be firm but not hard.
    • Al dente is a fancy term for pasta that's fully cooked, but not overly soft.
    • Al dente: The only way to serve pasta! This is an Italian phrase meaning 'to the tooth'.

Origin

Italian, literally 'to the tooth'.

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