Definition of Parmesan in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɑːmɪˈzan/


1 [mass noun] A hard, dry cheese used chiefly in grated form, especially on Italian dishes: spoon some pasta into each bowl, season with freshly ground black pepper, and sprinkle with Parmesan
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  • Limit cheese intake to Parmesan or feta cheese (used on main dishes or salads).
  • Use just a touch of extra-flavorful cheeses like Parmesan, Romano and feta.
  • Mix the red wine vinegar, olive oil and grated Parmesan to produce a thick dressing.
2 (usually parmesan) Northern English another term for parmo. a chicken parmesan with chips and salad a varied menu including parmesans, home-made steak pies, steaks, curries, and burgers
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  • The Parmo Dog is the latest variation of the ever-popular Parmesan to be sold on Teesside.
  • During that first date, Vicky was served Mike's menu of fish cakes with spicy salsa, Teesside chicken parmesan with cheeky monkey chunky chips and raspberry meringue bomb.
  • We are doing a selection of special parmesans at special prices.


[usually postpositive] chiefly US
(Of a dish) cooked or served with Parmesan: we ordered the calamari, gnocchi, and veal Parmesan the bolognese sauce was delicious, but the Parmesan risotto lacked flavour
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  • You may have been in an Italian restaurant where chefs use the purplish fruit in the popular dish eggplant parmesan.
  • Mike fixed them both an eggplant Parmesan and Caesar salad for dinner.
  • Now onto what I ordered, the garlic mashed potatoes, truffle Mac and cheese, and veal Parmesan.


Early 16th century: from French, from Italian parmigiano 'of Parma', where it was originally made.

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