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[kuht-lit] /ˈkʌt lɪt/
a slice of meat, especially of veal, for broiling or frying.
a flat croquette of minced chicken, lobster, or the like.
Origin of cutlet
1700-10; < French côtelette, Old French costelette double diminutive of coste rib < Latin costa. See -let Unabridged
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  • "I must have waited too long," she said, as she trifled with a cutlet.

    The Passenger from Calais Arthur Griffiths
  • The pigeon (or chicken) must be opened and stuffed with a cutlet of milk veal.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • A poulet, a cutlet, and a cup of coffee was the whole affair; but it should be ready as if by magic.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • A whiting or a cutlet—that was all the cooking there was to be done.

    Germinie Lacerteux Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
  • On this cutlet, which he cooked for himself, he lived for three days.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • "Oh yes, it was," she declared as she helped herself to a cutlet.

  • But only think of him who converts your cutlet into charcoal, and your steak into starch!

    Nuts and Nutcrackers Charles James Lever
  • It comes just in season, for there's not a cutlet left in Raucourt.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • cutlet for cutlet”—the satiric phrase ran through his mind.

    The Valiants of Virginia Hallie Erminie Rives
  • After a cutlet and a glass of wine she had colour, and began to talk.

    The Master Mummer E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for cutlet


a piece of meat taken esp from the best end of neck of lamb, pork, etc
a flat croquette of minced chicken, lobster, etc
Word Origin
C18: from Old French costelette, literally: a little rib, from coste rib, from Latin costa
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Word Origin and History for cutlet

1706, from French côtelette, from Old French costelette "little rib" (14c.), a double diminutive of coste "rib, side," from Latin costa (see coast (n.)); influenced by English cut.

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