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[chuh-ras-koh; Spanish choor-rahs-kaw] /tʃəˈræs koʊ; Spanish tʃurˈrɑs kɔ/
noun, plural churrascos
[chuh-ras-kohz; Spanish choor-rahs-kaws] /tʃəˈræs koʊz; Spanish tʃurˈrɑs kɔs/ (Show IPA),
for 2. Latin-American Cookery.
meat cooked over an open fire.
a large piece of meat suitable for barbecuing.
Origin of churrasco
< American Spanish (Argentina, Uruguay); compare dialectal Spanish (Salamanca region) churrusco piece of burnt toast, churruscar to begin to burn, Spanish socarrar to scorch, singe, all from a pre-L etymon Unabridged
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Examples from the web for churrasco
  • Beef eaters should be sure to order the signature churrasco-skewers of barbecued meat.
  • Captain's specialties include grilled churrasco and chimichurri shrimp, plus a scampi feast served with homemade sauce.
Contemporary definitions for churrasco

a South American method of grilling meat on a wood or charcoal fire, esp. in Argentina and Brazil; also, a dish of food cooked this way

Word Origin

Spanish churrascar 'to scorch, singe'

Usage Note

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