plural noun
ril·​lettes | \ ri-ˈlets How to pronounce rillettes (audio) , -ˈyet \

Definition of rillettes

: cooked shredded meat (such as pork or duck) or fish preserved in fat

Examples of rillettes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Executive chef Jammir Gray's imaginative dishes are both elevated and crave-worthy — think: smoked trout rillettes with fattoria bread and squid ink capellini. Travel + Leisure, 15 Nov. 2021 Bar Benno serves French bistro fare in a more relaxed setting, with small plates like saucisson sec with cornichons and salmon rillettes with baguette croutons served alongside cocktails. Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 The meaty spread embraces duck rillettes, head cheese made from delicious pig parts and hinting of star anise, and caramelized onions, which are dark, sticky and swollen with reduced balsamic vinegar. Washington Post, 23 July 2021

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First Known Use of rillettes

1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rillettes

French, plural, diminutive of rille, singular, piece of pork, from Middle French, dialect variant of reille board, lath, from Latin regula straightedge — more at rule

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“Rillettes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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