Definition of Bolognese in English:

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Pronunciation: /bäləˈnāz/


1Relating to Bologna or its people: the Bolognese painters of the 17th century
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  • Gabrielli also added to the important repertory of Bolognese trumpet pieces.
  • Many of the Bolognese artists who came to Rome in the wake of his success had studied there.
  • He developed an eclectic style under the influence of Nicolas Poussin and the Bolognese and Venetian masters whose works he could study in Rome.
2 (bolognese or British also bolognaise) Denoting a sauce of ground beef, tomato, onion, and herbs, typically served with pasta: ravioli with bolognese sauce [postpositive]: pasta bolognese
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  • Not far away, Fratelli's dishes out one of the city's best versions of pasta Bolognese.
  • There are as many recipes for Bolognese Sauce as there are people who eat Bolognese Sauce.
  • On Saturday you might go up to London and eat spaghetti bolognese.

noun (plural same)

1A native or inhabitant of Bologna: the Bolognese invented tagliatelle, tortellini, and lasagna
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  • The Bolognese play with a quality in short supply these days: personality.
  • In November he went to Bologna and there he made a colossal bronze of the Pope in his role of conqueror of the Bolognese.
  • Generally, the Bolognese exhibited less of a taste for philosophical issues than the Neapolitans, preferring to address concrete problems in specific fields such as anatomy.
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
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  • She is relieved to get back to cooking, though tonight's meal is simple: Bolognese left over from the weekend.
  • My wife has Italian roots and my first taste of a home-cooked Bolognese was a delight.
  • Anyone who dismisses spaghetti and meat sauce as cafeteria food never had Sandro's rich Bolognese of veal and beef.


Italian; the form bolognaise is via French.

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