Definition of chitterlings in English:


plural noun

  • The smaller intestines of a pig, cooked as food.

    • ‘There are many recipes which call for intestines, a more general term which would often include chitterlings.’
    • ‘Against incredible odds, this chef fed chitterlings to London's chattering classes and had them begging for more.’
    • ‘Murray himself acknowledges the richness and contradictory nature of his style by calling it ‘the chitterlings of the Waldorf.’’
    • ‘This anticipates a love of chitterlings, grilled pig's ears, marrow bones, stuffed trotters, kidneys and brains.’
    • ‘He said: ‘Food like pigs trotters, tripe and chitterling are all foods which we tried to avoid eating, but now they are being served up at some of the trendiest restaurants in London.’’
    • ‘Bowls of chitterlings and kidneys glisten on a butcher's block.’
    • ‘The small intestines were soaked in water for a day, parboiled, then fried in batter to make a popular dish called chitterlings, or ‘chitlins.’’
    • ‘Some places like to fix chitterlings as either a side or a main dish.’
    • ‘He buys one and thinks as he eats it how he used to pretend that he didn't like yams, chitterlings, and other soul food because he thought liking that food made him seem ignorant and common.’
    • ‘‘Wearing my hair Afro style, calling myself an Afro-American, and eating all the chitterlings I can find,’ he quipped, ‘are not going to affect Congress.’’
    • ‘Burgers, pig ear sandwiches, fried chicken wings, neck bones and red beans, or chitterlings and collards were always on the menu at most of the local eateries along the strip.’
    • ‘For example, she was quite surprised when she went to Europe and saw that they ate what Americans call chitterlings.’
    • ‘Rub a few in your hands to cut tough odors like bleach, onions, fish and chitterlings.’
    • ‘Yersinia infection most often occurs from eating raw or undercooked pork products, such as chitterlings.’
    • ‘Monday was the day for boudin; Tuesday for andouillettes and chitterling sausages.’


Middle English: perhaps related to synonymous German Kutteln.