cut·​let | \ ˈkət-lət How to pronounce cutlet (audio) \

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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Give your usual chicken dinner a Southern spin by using grits to coat your cutlets. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Spiced Grit-Fried Chicken Cutlets," 28 May 2019 Spread flour on a large plate and lightly dredge cutlets; add to pan. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meat & greet: It’s time to restore the butcher shop tradition," 5 June 2018 At least that's the current reality here in New York City, where a new roster of deep-fried cutlets on bread have made their way onto the menus of casual joints across town. Fox News, "How to make the best fried chicken sandwich ever," 20 Oct. 2015 Faculty, students, and janitors all line up for food in the dining hall, where they are served a menu of cutlets, stews, and other solid institutional fare without regard to rank. Richard Mcgill Murphy, Town & Country, "Desert Prep," 17 Dec. 2012 Working one at a time, season cutlets with salt and pepper, then dredge in flour, shaking off excess. Molly Baz, Bon Appetit, "Crispy Pork Cutlets with Fennel Salad," 28 May 2018 Coat both sides of cutlets with flour mixture; shake off extra flour. Susan Nicholson, ajc, "7 Day Menu Planner," 23 Feb. 2018 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

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


cut·​let | \ ˈkət-lət How to pronounce cutlet (audio) \

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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