cut·​let | \ˈkət-lət \

Definition of cutlet 

1 : a small slice of meat a veal cutlet

2 : a flat croquette of chopped meat or fish

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Synonyms for cutlet


cake, croquette, fritter, galette, patty (also pattie)

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Examples of cutlet in a Sentence

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People from the community schlep here in their casual best throughout the day and night, taking their tea with classic Muslim snacks like samosa and fish cutlets. Annette Tan, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Cafes in Singapore," 4 Mar. 2018 The restaurant will serve a popular Japanese dish: white rice topped with cabbage and fried pork cutlets or shrimp drizzled in black curry sauce. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Japanese curry franchise to open first Houston restaurant," 26 June 2018 That recipe involved smooshing (technical term!) the chicken cutlet, coating it with butter, parsley, tarragon, and lemon juice. Melissa Locker, Bon Appetit, "Watching ‘Wild, Wild Country’? Then You Need to See The Rajneesh Cookbook," 4 May 2018 Some parts can be as thick as your fist; others, cutlet-thin. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Lamb, Under Fire, and at Its Best," 6 July 2018 Season chicken breast cutlets with herbes de Provence and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chicken Quinoa Bowls," 17 Mar. 2017 The stop was long enough for the most gastro-curious passengers to walk across the tracks to a small store that sold bread, sliced carrots, cheese and what may or may not have been chicken cutlets. New York Times, "For a 90-Minute Game, a Train Ride of 27 Hours," 26 June 2018 Halve chicken cutlets crosswise and stack two halves on each bun. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich With Comeback Sauce," 22 Mar. 2018 Cook cutlets 1 minute on each side or until chicken begins to brown. Susan Nicholson, ajc, "7 Day Menu Planner," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of cutlet

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cutlet

French côtelette, from Old French costelette, diminutive of coste rib, side, from Latin costa — more at coast

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English Language Learners Definition of cutlet

: a small, thin slice of meat

: chopped vegetables, nuts, etc., that are pressed together into a flat shape, covered with bread crumbs, and fried in oil


cut·​let | \ˈkət-lət \

Kids Definition of cutlet

1 : a small thin slice of meat

2 : meat, fish, or vegetables pressed into a flat piece, covered with bread crumbs, and fried in oil

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