Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sausages, ham, pâtés, and other cooked or processed meat foods.
  • n. A delicatessen specializing in such foods.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The practice of cooking and preparing ready-to-eat meat products, especially pork.
  • n. cured meat; meat that is ready to be eaten, especially pork.
  • n. A shop or part of a shop specialising in cured meat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a delicatessen that specializes in dressed meats and meat dishes, particularly pork products.
  • n. the items typically sold in a charcuterie{1}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The occupation ot a pork-butcher; the curing and dressing of pork in its various salable forms—hams, bacon, cutlets, sausages, etc.
  • n. Table delicacies of pork or into which pork largely enters.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a delicatessen that specializes in meats

Etymologies

French, from chaircuicterie : chair, meat (from Latin carō, flesh; see carnage) + cuict, cuit, cooked (from Latin coctus, past participle of coquere; see cook).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French charcuterie. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • World-class charcuterie from a small farm in the Welsh hills catches the judges 'eye

    Best UK Food Producer 2010: Trealy Farm, Monmouthshire

  • I think I'm going to need to make a few more pickled garnishes for future experiments in charcuterie.

    Pork Rilettes

  • While the charcuterie is the house specialty, it isn't the reason I'd go back.

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  • The charcuterie is a bunch of little appetizers served on a wooden slab.

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  • And the salad with fresh basil, some kind of charcuterie, real extra virgin Italian olive oil for dressing, kalamata olives already thoughtfully pitted, and Dancing Deer cookies made with real eggs and butter and nary a transfat.

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  • Pluses: Carefully sourced food; excellent vegan "charcuterie" and braised meat dishes.

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  • Killer app: Don't miss the vegan "charcuterie" ($16), served on a wood board just like traditional cured meats.

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  • The bar opens when the tasting room closes, at 5 p.m., and nibbles, such as charcuterie and sometimes pizza, are available to go with the drinks.

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  • To start we had the "charcuterie" plate which came with a tomato and corn tartar and Carpaccio of watermelon radish and a heavenly mushroom pate among other things.

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  • -Vegan "charcuterie" plate-- sampler style consisting of very creative concoctions featuring various veggies; (came with toasted, rustic slices of bread)

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  • (n): cold cooked meats, cold cooked, cured or processed meat products such as sausages, hams, pâtés, terrines, etc.

    Examples of Alsatian charcuterie might include, oh, say, Knackwurst, Metwurst, Schinkenwurst, Thann sausage, Saveloys, Schwartenmagen, Bierwurst, Veal roll, Schwartwurst, Strasbourg sausage, Mulhouse sausage, Leberwurst, Tongue roll with truffles, or veal roll with foie gras.

    (See Larousse Gastronomique for all you foodie-wordies!)

    January 4, 2009

  • charCUTerie

    May 9, 2008