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[shahr-koo-tuh-ree, shahr-koo-tuh-ree; French shar-kytuh-ree]
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noun, plural char·cu·te·ries [shahr-koo-tuh-reez, shahr-koo-tuh-reez; French shar-kytuh-ree] /ʃɑrˌku təˈriz, ʃɑrˈku tə riz; French ʃar kütəˈri/. (in France)
  1. a store where pork products, as hams, sausages, and pâtés are sold.
  2. the items sold in such a store.
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Origin of charcuterie

1855–60; < French; Middle French chaircuterie, equivalent to chaircut(ier) charcutier + -erie -ery
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  • He always brought a bottle of sauterne, a pat, or a mess of artichokes or some tempting bit of charcuterie.

    Bayou Folk

    Kate Chopin

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for charcuterie


  1. cooked cold meats
  2. a shop selling cooked cold meats
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Word Origin

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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."

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