plural noun

chit·​ter·​lings ˈchit-lənz How to pronounce chitterlings (audio)
variants or chitlins
: the intestines of hogs especially when prepared as food

Examples of chitterlings in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The menu is extensive and also offers soul food classics like oxtails, pig feet and chitterlings. Dallas News, 11 May 2022 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 |, 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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Word History


Middle English chiterling

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chitterlings was in the 13th century

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“Chitterlings.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


noun plural
variants or chitlins
: the intestines of hogs especially prepared as food

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