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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
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  • A morning with Tintoretto might well be followed by a morning with carpaccio or Bellini.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • The double N puzzled me at first, but carpaccio spells anyhow.

    Hortus Inclusus John Ruskin
  • You can readily see the difference between his work and that of carpaccio.

    Barbara's Heritage Deristhe L. Hoyt
  • Ruskin did but popularise carpaccio, and buy and sell Turner.

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Here is an arm-chair by carpaccio: you who came in late, and are standing, to my regret, would like to sit down in it.

    Ariadne Florentina John Ruskin
  • The predella of the picture is full of stories almost in the style of carpaccio.

    The Story of Perugia Margaret Symonds
  • It will be remembered that carpaccio painted a very similar subject.

    Bernardino Luini James Mason
  • They were like the little monks who run from St. Jerome's lion in the picture by carpaccio.

    Soul of a Bishop H. G. Wells
  • With his long black hair, his pale face, and his burning eyes, he looked like an Italian painted by carpaccio or Ghirlandajo.

    Romain Rolland Stefan Zweig
  • And then in the next how carpaccio must have enjoyed his work on the costumes!

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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