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

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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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