[kroo-di-tey; French kry-dee-tey]
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noun (used with a singular or plural verb) French Cookery.
  1. an appetizer consisting of a variety of raw vegetables, usually cut into strips or bite-size pieces, and served with a dip.

Origin of crudités

1965–70; < French, plural of crudité literally, rawness, crudity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for crudites

starter, antipasto, canape, dip, aperitif, munchies, sample, cocktail

British Dictionary definitions for crudites


pl n
  1. a selection of raw vegetables, usually cut into strips or small chunks and served, with a dip, as an hors d'oeuvre

Word Origin for crudités

C20: from French, plural of crudité, literally: rawness
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Word Origin and History for crudites

1960, from French crudités, literally "raw things" (see crudity).

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