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[shnit-suh l]
  1. a cutlet, especially of veal.
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Origin of schnitzel

1850–55, Americanism; < German: a shaving, derivative of schnitzeln to whittle
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Historical Examples

  • Nothing of importance had been unearthed except in the suitcase of Schnitzel.

    The Khaki Boys at Camp Sterling

    Josephine Chase

  • If Schnitzel attempted to go near it, he would fight him away from it.

  • At least, it was a circumstance that connected Bixton with Schnitzel.

  • Fernando was a man who had almost as little to say as had Schnitzel.

  • Have you any reason for believing that it was Schnitzel who stole them?

British Dictionary definitions for schnitzel


  1. a thin slice of meat, esp vealSee also Wiener schnitzel
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Word Origin

German: cutlet, from schnitzen to carve, schnitzeln to whittle
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Word Origin and History for schnitzel


veal cutlet, 1854, from German Schnitzel "cutlet," literally "a slice," with -el, diminutive suffix + Schnitz "a cut, slice" (+ -el, diminutive suffix), from schnitzen "to carve," frequentative of schneiden "to cut," from Old High German snidan, cognate with Old English sniþan "to cut," from Proto-Germanic *snitt-ja-, from PIE root *sneit- "to cut."

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