Definition of cannellini bean in US English:

cannellini bean


  • A kidney-shaped bean of a medium-sized creamy-white variety.

    • ‘Throughout, we ate the delicious Tuscan fare - thin-crusted brick-oven pizzas in Viterbo, spit-roasted pork at an open-air farmers' market in Orvieto, cannellini beans with bread at a wine tasting in Chianti.’
    • ‘I see no reason why you can't use equally mealy cannellini beans if that is what you have, though I have used butter beans before now and good they were too.’
    • ‘Drain the cannellini beans and put into a large pot of cold water to cover.’
    • ‘Jana adds this herbal companionship to a mix of tomatoes, fennel, zucchini, green beans, and cannellini beans.’
    • ‘2 Put the cannellini beans, stock, bay leaf and garlic in a pot and bring to the boil.’


Italian cannellini, literally ‘small tubes’.


cannellini bean

/ˌkanlˈēnē ˌbēn/