[ shahr-koo-tuh-ree, shahr-koo-tuh-ree; French shar-kytuh-ree ]
/ ʃɑrˌku təˈri, ʃɑrˈku tə ri; French ʃar kütəˈri /

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.


Nearby words

  1. charcot's syndrome,
  2. charcot's triad,
  3. charcot, jean martin,
  4. charcot-leyden crystals,
  5. charcot-marie-tooth disease,
  6. charcutier,
  7. chard,
  8. chardin,
  9. chardonnay,
  10. chardonnet

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

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British Dictionary definitions for charcuterie


/ (ʃɑːˈkuːtəriː) /


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."

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