From Italian lasagna (and its plural lasagne), possibly from Vulgar Latin *lasania, from Latin lasanum (“cooking pot”), from Ancient Greek λάσανον (lásanon, “trivet or stand for a pot”). Others argue the Italian lasagna originally derived from the Arabic لَوْزِينَج (lawzīnaj, “almond cake”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ləˈzɑː.njə/, /ləˈsɑː.njə/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ləˈzæn.jə/, /ləˈzɑ.njə/
- (Canada) IPA(key): /ləˈzɑ.njə/
- (New Zealand) IPA(key): /lɘˈsɐː.njɘ/, /lɘˈzɐː.njɘ/
- A flat sheet of pasta.
- An Italian baked dish comprising layers of such pasta with various ingredients (usually a meat ragù (chiefly Bolognese), a fish ragù or a vegetarian/vegetable ragù with bechamel sauce).
- (by extension) A combination or layering of things.
- 1996, Lance Olsen, Time Famine: A Novel:
- Kristofer'd gotten it through his head shortly after their arrival to swim naked in the lake, such as it was, and his skin blemished into a lasagna of red hives, white welts, and disarming yellowish spots.
- 2008, Body & Soul:
- Unfortunately, typical mattresses are often a lasagna of nonbiodegradable synthetics, pesticides, and potentially carcinogenic toxins.
- 2011, Thorsten Botz-Bornstein, Inception and Philosophy: Ideas to Die for, Open Court Publishing, →ISBN, page 280:
- It's sort of a lasagna of ideas about time and dreams.
- 2013, Molly Harper, How to Run with a Naked Werewolf, Simon and Schuster, →ISBN:
- “Everything about us is just one layer of lies after another. We're a lasagna of lies. This is a terrible basis for a relationship.”
- 2020, Rebecca E. Hirsch, Garfield's Guide to Lasagna: Cooking Nature's Perfect Food, Lerner Publications, →ISBN, page 20:
- CHOCOLATE LASAGNA / Who says lasagna is only a main dish? Serve this easy, no-bake lasagna for dessert. / Ingredients / 2 3.9-ounce packages (110 g) instant chocolate pudding mix / 2 cups (473 mL) milk / 8 ounces (227g) whipped topping / 16 graham crackers, chocolate or plan / 1 1/2 cups (75g) mini marshmallows / chocolate syrup
- In Italian, lasagna refers to one flat sheet of pasta and its plural form, lasagne, refers to the dish. This distinction is also observed in English, but only rarely in American English.
- When the dish is referred to as lasagne (rather than lasagna), lasagnes is sometimes found as the plural form, referring to multiple dishes or varieties.
lasagna f (plural lasagne)
- (cooking, food) a food made of flat sheets of pasta alternated with condiments
- (cooking, usually in the plural) a dish of lasagna
- lasagne alla bolognese (“Bolognese lasagna, Bologna-style lasagna, lasagna with Bolognese”)
- lasagne di pesce (“fish lasagna, lasagna with fish ragù”)
- lasagne di verdure (“vegetarian lasagna, lasagna with vegetable ragù”)
(all are borrowed)