chitterlings

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 Staffed only by Floyd, her husband and one of her close friends, Jewell’s traverses San Antonio and surrounding towns, purveying Southern classics such as po’boys, fried chicken, chitterlings and smothered pork chops. Caroline Tien, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Feb. 2022 The market gets its supply of the delicacy, otherwise known as chitterlings, from a distributor in Atlanta. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 16 Dec. 2021 Meal combos, such as chitterlings, oxtail stew or fried catfish, served with corn muffin, sides and drinks. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 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, 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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“Chitterlings.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chitterlings. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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