a slice of meat, especially of veal, for broiling or frying.
a flat croquette of minced chicken, lobster, or the like.

1700–10; < French côtelette, Old French costelette double diminutive of coste rib < Latin costa. See -let Unabridged
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cutlet (ˈkʌtlɪt)
1.  a piece of meat taken esp from the best end of neck of lamb, pork, etc
2.  a flat croquette of minced chicken, lobster, etc
[C18: from Old French costelette, literally: a little rib, from coste rib, from Latin costa]

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Word Origin & History

1706, from Fr. côtelette, from O.Fr. costelette "little rib," from coste "rib, side," from L. costa (see coast), infl. by Eng. cut.
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Example sentences
Video is smoother than a freshly oiled veal cutlet, while scrolling through the
  music library is a breeze.
Make a cut at small end of each cutlet, and insert in each the tip end of a
  small claw.
Appetizers include the vegetable cutlet, tandoori chicken pieces and soothing
  herbs in yogurt.
The toppings are awe-inspiring, ranging from breaded veal cutlet to seasoned
  dandelions to chicken sausage to zucchini.
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