Italian Word of the Day: Forchetta (fork)

The word for fork in Italian is forchetta. It is the diminutive form of the word forca (pitchfork), which comes from the Latin furca.

/for·chét·ta/
cover image with the word “forchetta” and its translation written on a notepad next to a cup of coffee

Here are the definite and indefinite articles that must be used with this feminine noun:

la forchetta
the fork

una forchetta
a fork

le forchette
the forks

delle forchette
(some) forks

A few different kinds of forchette with which you may be familiar include:

  • forchetta di plastica = plastic fork
  • forchetta da tavola = dinner fork
  • forchetta d’argento = silver fork
  • forchettone = carving fork
  • forchetta di acciaio = steel fork
  • forchetta da dessert = dessert fork

Ti sei dimenticato di aggiungere le forchette quando hai apparecchiato il tavolo.

You forgot to add the forks when you laid the table.


A metal fork against a background of plastic forks
Preferisco usare una forchetta di metallo piuttosto che una di plastica. = I prefer using a metal fork to a plastic one.

From forchetta, we get the word forchettata, which means both a forkful (of food), and somewhat amusingly, the act of stabbing someone or something with a fork.

Mi ha dato una forchettata sulla mano che mi ha fatto urlare dal dolore!

He stabbed my hand with a fork and made me scream in pain!
(lit. He gave my hand a fork-stabbing that made me scream in pain.)


Idioms featuring the word ‘forchetta’

Essere una buona forchetta

Literal translation: to be a good fork
English meaning: to be a hearty eater


Parlare in punta di forchetta 

Literal translation: to speak on the tip of the fork
English meaning: to pick one’s words


Una colazione alla forchetta

Literal translation: a fork breakfast
English meaning: a breakfast composed of cold dishes, for which it is necessary to use a fork



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