Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A slice of veal, chicken, or beef that is pounded until very thin and cooked quickly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A slice of meat pounded thin and grilled.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vagabond who sleeps in straw; hence, one who lives alow, knavish life; a dissolute fellow.

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A paillard is a thin piece of chicken, beef, or veal that is well-seasoned, cooked very rapidly, usually grilled, without fat.

    Make It Easy Make It Light

  • The final benefit of the paillard is the making of it.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Sometimes called "paillard," they also are great if you want to top them with other ingredients, roll them up and then saute them.

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  • Café des Amis serves "a treasure trove of forgotten dishes," said Mr. Drysdale, with lunchtime favorites including a quiche Florentine made with a traditional custard, chicken paillard with duck-fat croutons and a grilled beef tartine.

    Café des Amis

  • Delicious: pea soup; chicken paillard salad; and the Portobello sandwich with parmesan and jalapeño, accompanied by a generous portion of crispy french fries.

    Fact And Comment

  • A handful of entrees include a decadent Vermont white-cheddar burger topped with thick-cut bacon, raw kale, and a fried hen egg ($18) and a crispy turkey paillard ($17).

    Sustainable Appetites

  • Entrees include lasagna ($12), chicken paillard ($13) and pan-seared salmon ($14).

    A Bistro in Newark

  • Power lunch dishes: Chicken paillard ($24), Cobb salad ($24), omelet ($17) and a "ton of hamachi, shrimp cocktail and oysters," said Ms. Zakarian.

    Power Lunch: Michael's vs. Lamb's Club

  • The chicken paillard -- or what was ostensibly chicken paillard -- was just as challenging from a heat-finding standpoint.

    Michael Conniff: Con Games: Willie Brown's Race to Eat in Aspen

  • The menu consists of French classics like organic chicken paillard, steak frites and a braised short rib, shown here.

    Culinary Titan's French Brasserie

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