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[kahr-pah-choh, ‐chee-oh] /kɑrˈpɑ tʃoʊ, ‐tʃiˌoʊ/
an appetizer of thinly sliced raw beef served with a vinaigrette or other piquant sauce.
Origin of carpaccio
after V. Carpaccio; said to have been introduced under this name c1961 at Harry's Bar, a Venetian restaurant


[kahr-paht-chaw] /kɑrˈpɑt tʃɔ/
[veet-taw-re] /vitˈtɔ rɛ/ (Show IPA),
c1450–1525, Venetian painter. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for carpaccio
  • For dessert there's pear carpaccio with gingerbread ice-cream and meringue.
  • The menu begins with appetizers including calamari steak, sushi and carpaccio, and includes soup and salad choices.
  • Try the salad of roast pumpkin, feta cheese and poached egg followed by the tuna carpaccio with avocado.
  • Ride your little electric scooters, and eat your free salmon carpaccio.
  • The carpaccio version, translucent and interesting, almost worked.
  • Look for swordfish carpaccio, chestnut flour tagliatelle with sausage and wild fennel and stuffed wild boar.
  • You'll find two in this week's column, a halibut tartare and salmon carpaccio.
  • Among appetizers are a good lentil soup and tuna carpaccio with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon.
  • There, sea asparagus was served with moi carpaccio and fresh truffle soy vinaigrette.
  • Part of this has to do with an upswing in the consumption of sushi, carpaccio, sashimi and ceviche.
British Dictionary definitions for carpaccio


/ˌkɑːˈpætʃɪəʊ; Italian karˈpattʃo/
noun (pl) -os
an Italian dish of thin slices of raw meat or fish
Word Origin
possibly after the Italian painter Vittore Carpaccio (?1460–?1525)


/ˌkɑːˈpætʃɪəʊ; -tʃəʊ; Italian karˈpattʃo/
Vittore (vitˈtoːre). ?1460–?1525, Italian painter of the Venetian school
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Word Origin and History for carpaccio

raw meat or fish served as an appetizer, late 20c., from Italian, often connected to the name of Renaissance painter Vittore Carpaccio (c.1460-1526) but without any plausible explanation except perhaps that his pictures often feature an orange-red hue reminiscent of some raw meat.

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