schnit·​zel | \ ˈshnit-səl How to pronounce schnitzel (audio) \

Definition of schnitzel

: a seasoned and garnished veal cutlet

Examples of schnitzel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alto Adige's cuisine is a unique fusion of Italian and Austrian cuisine with pasta, polenta, stews, game meats, schnitzel, Alpine brook trout, cheeses, root vegetables, and fresh fruits. Jessica Dupuy, Forbes, "What Grows Together Goes Together: The Wine And Food Of Italy’s Alto Adige Region," 11 Mar. 2021 So what are the elements that go into making a Viennese-style schnitzel? New York Times, "For Perfectly Light Schnitzel, Do This," 8 Mar. 2021 Selections include a bacon burger, fried chicken sandwich, fish and chips, pork schnitzel, and shepherd’s pie. Marcy De Luna, Chron, "Order from B.B. Italia, B.B. Lemon, B&B Butcher Shop via new ghost kitchen," 18 Dec. 2020 Next up: a play on schnitzel, with mustard and pickled vegetables. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 4 Dec. 2020 Inventive bagel sandwiches are the name of the game here, with offerings like chicken schnitzel, brisket and prime rib sammies on deck. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "10 great bagel shops in Greater Cleveland," 3 Nov. 2020 Look for small plates to share, like fried sauerkraut and bratwurst balls, potato pancakes with apple sauce, pork schnitzel with mustard cream, weisswurst, mushroom and goat cheese pastry and an array of pretzels. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer,, "With Oktoberfest canceled, here's where to find a German feast around New Orleans," 1 Oct. 2020 But the authentic gatherings that make Oktoberfest feel like Oktoberfest – stein-lifting contests, dozens of food stands selling schnitzel and strudel – are taking a backseat this year. Phillip Valys,, "Prost! These South Florida bars, German-American clubs still give a schnitzel about Oktoberfest," 7 Oct. 2020 Here’s another example: One 2016 Ancestry commercial featured Kyle, a 50-year-old man from Queens who was raised culturally German, donning lederhosen, eating schnitzel, performing in a German dance ensemble. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, "Your ‘Ethnicity Estimate’ Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of schnitzel

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for schnitzel

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

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The first known use of schnitzel was in 1854

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22 Mar 2021

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“Schnitzel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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