Definition of Charolais in English:



  • An animal of a breed of large white beef cattle.

    • ‘Also exhibited were Charolais, Simmental, Angus, Limousin and Hereford.’
    • ‘So I learnt that the beef was in fact a Charolais / Limousin cross which Broadbent was cooking only because the Shorthorn he usually uses was not yet adequately hung.’
    • ‘Jon Regan explained the merits of the Charolais as a terminal sire.’
    • ‘The breed most in demand is the Charolais, as in addition to being tops for conformation the Charolais is miles ahead when it comes to growth rate and feed efficiency.’
    • ‘Some of the tops at the sale included a Charolais bull weighing 352 kg sold for €765 and a Charolais 354 kg which made €406.’
    • ‘Fourteen teams were fielded in front of Mr Young who finally drew up a shortlist of six comprising the Limousins, Simmentals, Charolais, Highland, Aberdeen Angus and Belgian Blue.’
    • ‘Suffolk, Texel and Charolais had surfaced as the leading terminal sires in Teagasc trials.’
    • ‘There will also be the usual classes for Angus Hereford, Shorthorn, Limousin, Salers, Charolais, Belgian Blue with many classes in the cattle commercial section.’
    • ‘Other Cattle Breeds on show include Herefords, Simmentals, Charolais, Aberdeen Angus, Blonde D' Aquitaine, and Limousin.’
    • ‘The Charolais and the Belgian Blue are especially popular because of a phenomenon known as ‘double muscling’, which means that the muscles are much bulkier in relation to the amount of bone in the animal.’
    • ‘Winners were Robert Needham and his son, John, who farm at Louth, Lincolnshire, with a set of ribs from a Charolais cross heifer which was butchered by their local retail butcher, John Laykin.’
    • ‘There are numerous classes for several breeds of cattle, including Commercial, Pedigree Limousin, Shorthorn, Charolais and Simmental.’
    • ‘And the winner of the Grand Champion Carcass for 2004 a Charolais / Angus cross steer bred by Greg and Leonie from Grenell Cottage, Bowmans Creek, Singleton.’
    • ‘Any of the commonly used continental breeds would suffice for the scheme - Limousin, Charolais, Belgian Blue, Simmental.’
    • ‘The Limousin, Charolais and Simmental breeds can now give expected breeding values on their bulls.’
    • ‘The Charolais breed of cattle since their introduction to Ireland in 1964 have made a huge impact on the livestock in this country.’
    • ‘The top price for a single punched bullock went for a Charolais weighing 615 kg and sold for €1,230.’
    • ‘The Charolais and Simmental cattle on sale on Tuesday were of good quality.’
    • ‘The Landrace breed did for pigs what Charolais did for cattle some years later.’
    • ‘To both, Charolais is the only breed which can be relied on to constantly hold market value whether times are good or bad.’


Late 19th century: named after the Monts du Charollais, hills in eastern France where the breed originated.