[kahr-pah-choh, ‐chee-oh]


an appetizer of thinly sliced raw beef served with a vinaigrette or other piquant sauce.

Origin of carpaccio

after V. Carpaccio; said to have been introduced under this name c1961 at Harry's Bar, a Venetian restaurant




Vit·to·re [veet-taw-re] /vitˈtɔ rɛ/, c1450–1525, Venetian painter. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for carpaccio

Historical Examples of carpaccio

  • The double N puzzled me at first, but Carpaccio spells anyhow.

    Hortus Inclusus

    John Ruskin

  • A morning with Tintoretto might well be followed by a morning with Carpaccio or Bellini.

    New Italian sketches

    John Addington Symonds

  • Pupil of Bellini and Carpaccio, he combined the qualities of both.


    Dorothy Menpes

  • It will be remembered that Carpaccio painted a very similar subject.

    Bernardino Luini

    James Mason

  • Ruskin did but popularise Carpaccio, and buy and sell Turner.

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell

British Dictionary definitions for carpaccio


noun plural -os

an Italian dish of thin slices of raw meat or fish

Word Origin for carpaccio

possibly after the Italian painter Vittore Carpaccio (?1460–?1525)



Vittore (vitˈtoːre). ?1460–?1525, Italian painter of the Venetian school
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Word Origin and History for carpaccio

raw meat or fish served as an appetizer, late 20c., from Italian, often connected to the name of Renaissance painter Vittore Carpaccio (c.1460-1526) but without any plausible explanation except perhaps that his pictures often feature an orange-red hue reminiscent of some raw meat.

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