Definition of carpaccio in English:



mass noun
  • An Italian hors d'oeuvre consisting of thin slices of raw beef or fish served with a sauce.

    • ‘Italian cuisine brings out the real flavor of the ingredients, whether it is veal, chicken, tomatoes, olives, olive oil, mozzarella, lemon or carpaccio (thinly sliced raw beef).’
    • ‘I greatly enjoyed the wild boar - I started with carpaccio of beef with shredded sharp cheddar cheese on a bed of greens and finished with creme caramel.’
    • ‘It's a trendy, feminine bar with plush red decor, cocktails, carpaccio of beef salad and all sorts of desserts involving strawberries.’
    • ‘For the veal carpaccio, using a sharp knife, slice the veal loin transversely into three layers, making sure not to cut all the way through.’
    • ‘We arrived with good memories of a truffled beef carpaccio, a delicious tender steak and a waitress who bought us free wine as an apology for being slow (even though we hadn't even noticed).’


Italian, named after Vittore Carpaccio (see Carpaccio, Vittore) (from his use of red pigments, resembling raw meat).