Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Sausages, ham, pâtés, and other cooked or processed meat foods.
  • noun A delicatessen specializing in such foods.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The occupation ot a pork-butcher; the curing and dressing of pork in its various salable forms—hams, bacon, cutlets, sausages, etc.
  • noun Table delicacies of pork or into which pork largely enters.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a delicatessen that specializes in dressed meats and meat dishes, particularly pork products.
  • noun the items typically sold in a charcuterie{1}.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The practice of cooking and preparing ready-to-eat meat products, especially pork.
  • noun uncountable cured meat; meat that is ready to be eaten, especially pork.
  • noun countable A shop or part of a shop specialising in cured meat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a delicatessen that specializes in meats

Etymologies

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

[French, from chaircuicterie : chair, meat (from Latin carō, flesh; see carnage) + cuict, cuit, cooked (from Latin coctus, past participle of coquere; see cook).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Borrowing from French charcuterie.

Examples

  • World-class charcuterie from a small farm in the Welsh hills catches the judges 'eye

    Best UK Food Producer 2010: Trealy Farm, Monmouthshire

  • I think I'm going to need to make a few more pickled garnishes for future experiments in charcuterie.

    Pork Rilettes

  • I think I'm going to need to make a few more pickled garnishes for future experiments in charcuterie.

    Toast:

  • While the charcuterie is the house specialty, it isn't the reason I'd go back.

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  • The charcuterie is a bunch of little appetizers served on a wooden slab.

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  • And the salad with fresh basil, some kind of charcuterie, real extra virgin Italian olive oil for dressing, kalamata olives already thoughtfully pitted, and Dancing Deer cookies made with real eggs and butter and nary a transfat.

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  • Killer app: Don't miss the vegan "charcuterie" ($16), served on a wood board just like traditional cured meats.

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  • The bar opens when the tasting room closes, at 5 p.m., and nibbles, such as charcuterie and sometimes pizza, are available to go with the drinks.

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  • The bar opens when the tasting room closes, at 5 p.m., and nibbles, such as charcuterie and sometimes pizza, are available to go with the drinks.

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  • Pluses: Carefully sourced food; excellent vegan "charcuterie" and braised meat dishes.

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  • charCUTerie

    May 9, 2008

  • (n): cold cooked meats, cold cooked, cured or processed meat products such as sausages, hams, pâtés, terrines, etc.

    Examples of Alsatian charcuterie might include, oh, say, Knackwurst, Metwurst, Schinkenwurst, Thann sausage, Saveloys, Schwartenmagen, Bierwurst, Veal roll, Schwartwurst, Strasbourg sausage, Mulhouse sausage, Leberwurst, Tongue roll with truffles, or veal roll with foie gras.

    (See Larousse Gastronomique for all you foodie-wordies!)

    January 4, 2009