schnit·​zel ˈshnit-səl How to pronounce schnitzel (audio)
: a seasoned and garnished veal cutlet

Examples of schnitzel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sauce was for pasta, heaped liberally with grated Parmesan; the schnitzel was served with lemon and occasionally capers, with potatoes alongside. Yotam Ottolenghi, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2024 Pair with After Eight mints or even a wiener schnitzel with ample black pepper. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 The town boasts beautiful old-world architecture, 800 miles of hiking trails for exploring, more than a dozen tasting rooms with beer and wine, an outdoor theater, and plenty of German eateries serving up brats and schnitzel. Molly O'Brien, Travel + Leisure, 17 Jan. 2024 Similar to schnitzel or Crispy Breaded Pork Cutlets, Parmesan crusted chicken consists of thin chicken breasts, coated with a crumb mixture and fried in a skillet until crisp. Liv Dansky, Southern Living, 26 Nov. 2023 Eat at The Ram, where the goulash and schnitzel from the Heritage Menu are always a hit; shop at Brass Ranch, the epicenter for European ski and sportswear; and hit the outdoor Holiday Market, which unveils a flurry of merrymaking and festive artisanal goods Dec. 16 and 17. Elycia Rubin, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Dec. 2023 Breakfast is served from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. only (don’t miss the cinnamon roll with cream cheese icing); the dinner specials — pot roast, steak, chicken schnitzel and roasted Jidori half-chicken — are available from 4 to 10 p.m. only. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2023 The city’s streets were mostly quiet, with residents who hadn’t already left waiting for instructions and businesses closed down, save for a few restaurants supplying recently arrived soldiers with schnitzel, fish and pasta in tinfoil trays. WSJ, 21 Oct. 2023 While tonkatsu is fairly popular in Tokyo, the origins of the meal are relatively modern, dating back to the Meiji Era (the late 19th century) as a take on European food like German schnitzel. Maria Geyman, Vogue, 18 Oct. 2023

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Word History


borrowed from German Schnitzel, literally, "shaving, chip" (originally regional German—Austria—in the sense "veal cutlet"), diminutive of Schnitz "shaving," going back to Middle High German sniz, snitz, derivative of snitzen "to carve," going back to Germanic *snittōn-, iterative derivative of *snīþan- "to cut" — more at schneid

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of schnitzel was in 1854

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“Schnitzel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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