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Syllabification: ma·ri·na·ra
Pronunciation: /ˌmarəˈnarə, ˌmärəˈnärə

Definition of marinara in English:


[usually as modifier]
(In Italian cooking) a sauce made from tomatoes, onions, and herbs, served especially with pasta.
Example sentences
  • She set out pasta and marinara sauce, along with table settings, and urged everyone to eat as much as they wanted.
  • A holdover from Italian occupation in the south is a love for pasta and marinara sauce.
  • On another visit, the feature was eggplant Parmesan panini, consisting of breaded eggplant, cheese, raw red onion, sliced tomato and a marinara sauce for dipping.


from the Italian phrase alla marinara 'sailor-style'.

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