Definition of arancini in US English:


plural noun

  • Small balls of rice stuffed with a savory filling, coated in breadcrumbs, and fried.

    ‘sun-dried tomato and mozzarella arancini served with salad’
    • ‘I was pleased to see arancini on the list of appetizers since I associate this dish with home cooking.’
    • ‘Called arancini, they're meant to (kind of) resemble oranges … until you cut them open, of course.’
    • ‘I think arancini would make a better a side dish or appetizer than a main course or singular snack.’
    • ‘For a main course, try the arancini – balls of risotto and mozzarella, rolled in polenta and fried so close to perfection that you'll be wondering if it's unseemly to ask for more.’
    • ‘She served them with curried pineapple, a nice touch as the arancini was good, but a bit bland.’
    • ‘Drizzle vinaigrette alongside arancini in straight line, place a dollop of soy jelly alongside and serve immediately.’
    • ‘The nostalgia inspired me to make arancini for dinner (I even made the breadcrumbs myself).’
    • ‘Apparently, arancini were developed as antipasti snacks in Sicily.’
    • ‘Craving the arancini at Galleria Umberto, she drove in the other day, hoping to win the scramble for parking before the pizzeria sold out.’


Italian, plural of arancino, from arancia ‘orange’ + the diminutive suffix -ino.