Definition of al dente adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

al dente

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˌæl ˈdenteɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌæl ˈdenteɪ//
 
; BrE BrE//ˌæl ˈdenti//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌæl ˈdenti//
 
(from Italian)
 
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(of cooked food, especially pasta) firm, but not hard, when bitten Word OriginItalian, literally ‘to the tooth’.

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