[shahr-koo-tuh-ree, shahr-koo-tuh-ree; French shar-kytuh-ree]

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)

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for charcuterie

cafeteria, deli, restaurant, charcuterie

Examples from the Web for charcuterie

Contemporary Examples of charcuterie

  • It serves small plates like cheese, charcuterie, and sandwiches, but most come here for the impressive wine selection.

  • I still pull from this book when making terrines, sausages, and other charcuterie.

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    Chris Leahy

    February 2, 2011

  • I can't get enough of the excellent French charcuterie: terrines, pates, saucisson—oh my!

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    Gina DePalma

    August 24, 2010

Historical Examples of charcuterie

  • He always brought a bottle of sauterne, a pat, or a mess of artichokes or some tempting bit of charcuterie.

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    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.

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    Helen Davenport Gibbons

British Dictionary definitions for charcuterie



cooked cold meats
a shop selling cooked cold meats

Word Origin for charcuterie

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper