[shnit-suh l]


a cutlet, especially of veal.

Origin of schnitzel

1850–55, Americanism; < German: a shaving, derivative of schnitzeln to whittle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a thin slice of meat, esp vealSee also Wiener schnitzel

Word Origin for schnitzel

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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