Definitions for al denteæl ˈdɛn teɪ, -ti
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
al den•teæl ˈdɛn teɪ, -ti(adj.; adv.)
(esp. of pasta) cooked but still firm to the bite.
Origin of al dente:
1945–50; It: lit., to the tooth
of pasta cooked so as to be firm when eaten
firm (used of pasta which is cooked just right)