plural noun

ril·​lettes ri-ˈlets How to pronounce rillettes (audio)
: cooked shredded meat (such as pork or duck) or fish preserved in fat

Examples of rillettes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The menu is concise, including dishes like crudités with seaweed hummus and gnocchi with roasted sunchokes and mushrooms, but there are a few meat options, such as Liberty duck rillettes. Jess Lander, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Jan. 2023 De Leon is bringing a new menu to the Mediterranean wine bar and restaurant with dishes like duck rillettes, bacalao fritters, and yellowfin tuna crudo. Dallas News, 26 Aug. 2022 Eventually, the charcuterie program will expand to include items such as goose rillettes and duck liver parfait, Szymanski told Eater NY. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 30 Sep. 2022 An onsite kitchen will prepare simple foods to pair with the wines, like salmon rillettes, croque monsieur sandwiches and charcuterie plates. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 9 June 2022 Not to be confused with other popular charcuterie elements like paté or rillettes, a terrine is made by layering forcemeat with any combination of additional ingredients in a terrine mold to cook slowly in a water bath. Foren Clark, CNN, 30 May 2022 Hungry visitors can opt for tastings accompanied by a short menu including caviar and duck rillettes. Lettie Teague, WSJ, 24 May 2022 Depardieu, an old thalasso hand, invites Houellebecq to his suite to feast on illicit stocks of wine and rillettes. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 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 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rillettes was in 1858

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Cite this Entry

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

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