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[shnit-suh l] /ˈʃnɪt səl/
a cutlet, especially of veal.
Origin of schnitzel
1850-55, Americanism; < German: a shaving, derivative of schnitzeln to whittle Unabridged
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  • My only feelings were a desire to kick schnitzel heavily, but for schnitzel to suspect that was impossible.

    Once Upon A Time Richard Harding Davis
  • Nothing of importance had been unearthed except in the suitcase of schnitzel.

  • Wolfson faced about again and essayed to tackle his schnitzel.

    The Competitive Nephew Montague Glass
  • Have you any reason for believing that it was schnitzel who stole them?

  • The schnitzel turned to leather in my mouth, the beer seemed tepid; I left the Emmenthaler untasted.

  • Fernando was a man who had almost as little to say as had schnitzel.

  • With this wealth of material to draw from, schnitzel has constructed a work that is nearly perfect in form.

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • If schnitzel attempted to go near it, he would fight him away from it.

  • Saluting, schnitzel wheeled and walked briskly from the room.

  • schnitzel was smiling to himself with a smile of complete self-satisfaction.

    Once Upon A Time Richard Harding Davis
British Dictionary definitions for schnitzel


a thin slice of meat, esp veal See also Wiener schnitzel
Word Origin
German: cutlet, from schnitzen to carve, schnitzeln to whittle
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Word Origin and History for schnitzel

veal cutlet, 1854, from German Schnitzel "cutlet," literally "a slice," with -el, diminutive suffix + Schnitz "a cut, slice" (+ -el, diminutive suffix), from schnitzen "to carve," frequentative of schneiden "to cut," from Old High German snidan, cognate with Old English sniþan "to cut," from Proto-Germanic *snitt-ja-, from PIE root *sneit- "to cut."

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