a slice of meat, especially of veal, for broiling or frying.
a flat croquette of minced chicken, lobster, or the like.

Origin of cutlet

1700–10; < French côtelette, Old French costelette double diminutive of coste rib < Latin costa. See -let Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cutlet

Historical Examples of cutlet

  • It comes just in season, for there's not a cutlet left in Raucourt.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • But only think of him who converts your cutlet into charcoal, and your steak into starch!

    Nuts and Nutcrackers

    Charles James Lever

  • The pigeon (or chicken) must be opened and stuffed with a cutlet of milk veal.

  • A whiting or a cutlet—that was all the cooking there was to be done.

    Germinie Lacerteux

    Edmond and Jules de Goncourt

  • He went to luncheon, swallowed a whiting and half a cutlet, and returned.

    The Man Who Lost Himself

    H. De Vere Stacpoole

British Dictionary definitions for cutlet



a piece of meat taken esp from the best end of neck of lamb, pork, etc
a flat croquette of minced chicken, lobster, etc

Word Origin for cutlet

C18: from Old French costelette, literally: a little rib, from coste rib, from Latin costa
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Word Origin and History for cutlet

1706, from French côtelette, from Old French costelette "little rib" (14c.), a double diminutive of coste "rib, side," from Latin costa (see coast (n.)); influenced by English cut.

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