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[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. 2016.
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  • In those days you bought them cooked at the charcuterie for the same price that you got them raw at the greengrocer's.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • He always brought a bottle of sauterne, a pat, or a mess of artichokes or some tempting bit of charcuterie.

    Bayou Folk Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for charcuterie


cooked cold meats
a shop selling cooked cold meats
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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