Definition of Bolognese in English:


Pronunciation: /bɒləˈneɪz//bɒləˈnjeɪz/


  • 1Relating to Bologna or its people.

    ‘the Bolognese painters of the 17th century’
    • ‘As a young man, Cassini then worked for the Bolognese government and also held the chair at the University of Bologna.’
    • ‘Someone has calculated that the wealthy city of Bologna is the epicentre of this omission to have children: the average Bolognese wife has 0.8 children.’
    • ‘He was also the first Bolognese composer to publish solo violin sonatas.’
    • ‘His art is less disciplined than that of his putative colleague Altichiero, but it is vivid, expressive, and adventurous in the Bolognese tradition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His style appears to derive from Ercole de' Roberti and shows affinities with that of Lorenzo Costa, during his Bolognese period.’
    • ‘Its influence was so significant in Italian legal and political circles that a fourteenth-century Bolognese jurist wrote a reference index to its contents.’
    • ‘Research on dowries in the Bolognese nobility shows that, although fathers' obligation to give a dowry to daughters had been abolished in 1865, the practice persisted.’
  • 2British Denoting a sauce of minced beef, tomato, onion, and herbs, typically served with pasta.

    ‘ravioli with bolognese sauce’
    [postpositive] ‘tagliatelle bolognaise’
    • ‘Entree choices are grilled king salmon, rotisserie lemon-sage chicken, rigatoni Bolognese and squash ravioli.’
    • ‘Not far away, Fratelli's dishes out one of the city's best versions of pasta Bolognese.’
    • ‘Make meals such bolognese sauce or casseroles in bulk and freeze portions so you don't have to cook every night.’
    • ‘On Saturday you might go up to London and eat spaghetti bolognese.’
    • ‘Executive chef Frank Whittaker seems to do his best work with pastas like a fresh, chunky version of lobster bolognese.’
    • ‘Does bolognese pizza sound horrid?’
    • ‘There are as many recipes for Bolognese Sauce as there are people who eat Bolognese Sauce.’
    • ‘There's artichoke asparagus ravioli, linguini bolognese, macaroni and cheese, and asparagus risotto.’
    • ‘Tonight I made myself truly the most awesome bolognaise sauce ever.’
    • ‘For £5.15 they get pasta bolognaise, a juice and a chocolate chip cookie.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Bologna.

    ‘the Bolognese invented tagliatelle, tortellini, and lasagne’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In this country the typical Italian is a Genoese; but the Bolognese are as different from these in stature, appearance, and character as are the English.’
    • ‘Reflecting on why the walking pace of the average Bolognese was so slow, he realized it was because the arcades meant that the pace was set by the tortoise, rather than the hare.’
    • ‘In November he went to Bologna and there he made a colossal bronze of the Pope in his role of conqueror of the Bolognese.’
    • ‘It is said that when the Bolognese eat their famous tortellini in brodo (in broth), they never speak a word until the dish is finished.’
    • ‘The Bolognese already make the most concentrated espresso in the whole of Italy.’
    • ‘The Bolognese play with a quality in short supply these days: personality.’
  • 2British A pasta dish made with bolognese sauce, in particular spaghetti bolognese, or the sauce itself.

    ‘I offered to cook a bolognese for lunch’
    ‘the bolognaise was delicious’
    • ‘There have been concerns that the horse meat used in burgers, lasagne and Bolognese sold in the UK is contaminated with veterinary drugs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You could have Bolognese, carbonara or mushrooms, and then homemade pizza with a wide choice of toppings, accompanied by a green salad.’
    • ‘Favourites are also revisited - you'll find an excellent Bolognese, hamburgers, glazed spare ribs and jerk chicken.’
    • ‘Despite having dined at Corrieri's a dozen times, I have continually failed to get past the superb bolognaise to order other more adventurous dishes.’
    • ‘The dense but tame Bolognese begs for red pepper and garlic.’
    • ‘In a luxurious take on the classic, duck replaced beef in a rich Bolognese over firm rigatoni.’
    • ‘For 10 bucks, the daily changing pasta specials range from Friday's vongole to Monday's Bolognese.’
    • ‘The lasagna most familiar to those in the United States is the classic Bolognese, said to have roots in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.’
    • ‘He stopped abruptly as he placed the fork loaded with bolognaise into his mouth.’
    • ‘She is relieved to get back to cooking, though tonight's meal is simple: Bolognese left over from the weekend.’


Italian; the form bolognaise is via French.