Why was clemency trending last week?


[shahr-koo-tuh-ree, shahr-koo-tuh-ree; French shar-kytuh-ree] /ʃɑrˌku təˈri, ʃɑrˈku tə ri; French ʃar kütəˈri/
noun, plural charcuteries
[shahr-koo-tuh-reez, shahr-koo-tuh-reez; French shar-kytuh-ree] /ʃɑrˌku təˈriz, ʃɑrˈku tə riz; French ʃar kütəˈri/ (Show IPA)
(in France)
a store where pork products, as hams, sausages, and pâtés are sold.
the items sold in such a store.
Origin of charcuterie
1855-60; < French; Middle French chaircuterie, equivalent to chaircut(ier) charcutier + -erie -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for charcuterie
  • It saddens my heart to know that the arts of butchery and charcuterie are dwindling away.
  • Best known for seafood, but when charcuterie is available, grab it.
  • Anybody with a pile of charcuterie books can make pâté, but using up hearts and skin takes creativity-and stealth.
  • It's famous today for its superb charcuterie and its winery.
  • The emphasis instead is put squarely on the food, with handmade terrines, sausages and charcuterie.
  • In the afternoons, the breakfast pantry becomes a cheese and charcuterie station.
  • Start by using it with a pork roast, on a charcuterie plate, or on ham sandwiches and you'll be off to the races.
  • There are also oysters in season and delicious plates of charcuterie.
British Dictionary definitions for charcuterie


cooked cold meats
a shop selling cooked cold meats
Word Origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for charcuterie

1858, from French charcuterie, literally "pork-butcher's shop," from charcuter (16c.), from obsolete char (Modern French chair) cuite "cooked flesh," from chair "meat" (Old French char, from Latin carnem; see carnage) + cuit, past participle of cuire "to cook." Cf. French charcutier "pork butcher; meat roaster, seller of cooked (not raw) meat."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for charcuterie

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for charcuterie

Scrabble Words With Friends