plural noun
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Definition of crudités

: pieces of raw vegetables (such as celery or carrot sticks) served as an hors d'oeuvre often with a dip

Examples of crudités in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This vibrant sauce makes for an eye-catching spread on crostinis under a nice piece of salami or served alongside crudites. Sunset Magazine, 22 Dec. 2021 The only other thing a dip is served with are crackers or crudites, Santiago Cortés explained, which are vehicles for consuming that very dip. Michelle Santiago Cortés,, 18 Oct. 2021 Leftovers can be used as a dip for crudites or sauce for chicken, steak or fish. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 29 June 2021 Look for seasonal fruits and veggies to make your own fruit and crudites platters for people to munch on. Hiranmayi Srinivasan, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 May 2021 The most basic menu, though, includes a choice of entree — fish or duck — and a traditional trio of starters with apple-pecan charoset, egg salad and horseradish dip with crudites. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of crudités

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crudités

French, from plural of crudité rawness, from Latin cruditas indigestion, from crudus

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9 Jan 2022

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“Crudités.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of crudités

: pieces of raw vegetables (such as carrots and celery) that are served before a meal usually with a sauce for dipping


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