[ kahr-nee-tuh z; Spanish kahr-nee-tahs ]
/ kɑrˈni təz; Spanish kɑrˈni tɑs /

plural noun Mexican Cookery.

small or shredded pieces of crisp roast pork, eaten as a snack, used as a filling for burritos, etc.

Nearby words

  1. carnic alps,
  2. carniferous,
  3. carnification,
  4. carnify,
  5. carniola,
  6. carnitine,
  7. carnival,
  8. carnival glass,
  9. carnivalesque,
  10. carnivora

Origin of carnitas

< Mexican Spanish, plural of carnita, equivalent to Spanish carn(e) meat (< Latin carnem, accusative of carō flesh, meat) + -ita diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for carnitas

  • I stepped into the nearest burrito joint and ordered one with carnitas -- shredded pork -- and extra salsa.

    Little Brother|Cory Doctorow