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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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Examples from the web for schnitzel
  • The menu features several kinds of schnitzel, which can be prepared a variety of different ways.
  • Menu items range from familiar fish and chips or hot dogs to more exotic pan-roasted rabbit livers and veal fries schnitzel.
  • Menu samplings include schnitzel, homemade sausage with sauerkraut and pot roast with brown gravy.
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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