Definition of mostaccioli in US English:

mostaccioli

(also mustacciuoli, mostacioli, mostocholli)

noun

  • A variety of pasta in the shape of short, hollow tubes with diagonally cut ends; a dish consisting of this.

Origin

Early 20th century. Probably from Italian mostaccioli, plural of mostacciolo sweet spiced biscuit from classical Latin mustāceum sweet cake made of must (from mustum + -āceum, neuter of -āceus; compare Italian regional (Piedmont) mostaceu sweet biscuit) + Italian -olo, diminutive suffix; both the biscuits and the pasta tubes typically have a rhomboid shape.

Pronunciation

mostaccioli

/məˌstatʃiˈəʊli/