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A serving of lasagna

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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).



lasagna (countable and uncountable, plural lasagnas or lasagne)

  1. A flat sheet of pasta.
  2. 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).
  3. (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

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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.

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Possibly from Vulgar Latin *lasania, from Latin lasanum (cooking pot), from Ancient Greek λάσανον (lásanon, trivet or stand for a pot).


  • IPA(key): /laˈzaɲ.ɲa/
  • Rhymes: -aɲɲa
  • Hyphenation: la‧sà‧gna


lasagna f (plural lasagne)

  1. (cooking, food) a food made of flat sheets of pasta alternated with condiments
  2. (cooking, usually in the plural) a dish of lasagna

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(all are borrowed)