plural noun
chit·​ter·​lings | \ ˈchit-lənz How to pronounce chitterlings (audio) \
variants: or chitlins

Definition of chitterlings

: the intestines of hogs especially when prepared as food

Examples of chitterlings in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meal combos, such as chitterlings, oxtail stew or fried catfish, served with corn muffin, sides and drinks. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "This Phoenix soul food restaurant won't be 'defeated.' Here's how it's making a comeback," 28 Apr. 2021 Sampling, however, is also born of the Black vernacular tradition that gave us chitterlings, jazz and, yes, hip-hop. Adam Bradley, New York Times, "The Artists Dismantling the Barriers Between Rap and Poetry," 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of chitterlings

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chitterlings

Middle English chiterling

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12 May 2021

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“Chitterlings.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chitterlings

chiefly US : the intestines of hogs eaten as food

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