noun, plural char·cu·te·ries [shahr-koo-tuh-reez, shahr-koo-tuh-reez; French shar-kytuh-ree] /ʃɑrˌku təˈriz, ʃɑrˈku tə riz; French ʃar kütəˈri/. (in France)

  1. a store where pork products, as hams, sausages, and pâtés are sold.
  2. the items sold in such a store.


  1. cooked cold meats
  2. a shop selling cooked cold meats

1858, from French charcuterie, literally “pork-butcher’s shop,” from charcuter (16c.), from obsolete char (Modern French chair) cuite “cooked flesh,” from chair “meat” (Old French char, from Latin carnem; see carnage) + cuit, past participle of cuire “to cook.” Cf. French charcutier “pork butcher; meat roaster, seller of cooked (not raw) meat.”

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