Definition of capellini in English:


plural noun

  • Pasta in the form of very thin strands.

    • ‘Any of these can be paired with a choice of spaghetti, penne, fettucine, capellini, to name a few.’
    • ‘Simple enough: just capellini, a pound or two of finely diced firm sweet tomatoes, olive oil and basil, with grilled chicken.’
    • ‘The pastas include lasagne, spaghetti, tagliatelle, macaroni, tortellini and capellini, so you're not going to get much more Italian than that!’
    • ‘Diners choose from spaghetti, fettuccine, penne and capellini noodles and 10 sauces.’


1950s: Italian, diminutive of capello ‘hair’.