Definition of puttanesca in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpo͞otəˈneskə/ Pronunciation: /ˌpo͞otnˈeskə/


[usually postpositive]
Denoting a pasta sauce typically including tomatoes, garlic, olives, and anchovies: pasta puttanesca
More example sentences
  • I had a pizza puttanesca with anchovies, olives (with pips) and cherry tomatoes.
  • That night we were having puttanesca, a spicy pasta dish that everyone should try at least once in their life.
  • And lunch was a crispy salad with pasta puttanesca and crusty garlicky bread - all fabulous.


Italian, from puttana 'prostitute' (the sauce is said to have been devised by prostitutes as one that could be cooked quickly between clients' visits).

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Syllabification: put·ta·nes·ca

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