plural noun

cru·​di·​tés ˌkrü-di-ˈtā How to pronounce crudités (audio) krᵫ-dē-ˈtā How to pronounce crudités (audio)
: 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 Arrange the dip on a platter with crackers, assorted crudites, and dill pickle chips. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Aug. 2022 Serve it with an array of crackers, pitas, and crudites—and prepare to share the recipe. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2022 Random nubs of cheese or salami, cornichon, olives, whatever bottom of the bag crackers need to be cleared out, lots of crudites and berries, leftover steamed asparagus, whatever. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 21 July 2022 Soups, salads, crudites, charcuterie and fruit for starters; carving stations for steak, salmon, omelets, pasta and waffles; chicken picatta, eggplant lasagna and shepherd’s pie for entrees, as well as a children’s buffet, sides, desserts. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 26 Apr. 2022 Breakfast favorites, cheeses, fruits, crudites, salads, pastas, roasta, shrimp cocktail, Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 26 Apr. 2022 Add-ons include beef brisket chili, vegetable crudites, taco dip and chips and six red Solo cups and a variety pack of seltzers and light beers. Susan Dunne,, 27 Jan. 2022 This hearty, slightly tart dip assembled in the food processor would make for a nice mezze platter with another dip or two, such as five-minute hummus or herbed yogurt, pita wedges and crudites. Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crudités was in 1960

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Cite this Entry

“Crudités.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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