Definition of spaetzle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHpetslə/ Pronunciation: /-səl/ Pronunciation: /-slē/
(also spätzle)

plural noun

[treated as singular or plural]
Small dumplings of a type made in southern Germany and Alsace, consisting of seasoned dough poached in boiling water.
Example sentences
  • Divide bacon and spaetzle mixture among plates and top each portion with two pieces pork belly.
  • Danny had the Grilled Quail with chive spaetzle and lentils and that had more flavor, but not a ton of meat.
  • Most entrées come with the increasingly trendy, notoriously belly-busting egg pasta called spaetzle.


From German dialect Spätzle, literally 'little sparrows'.

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Syllabification: spaetz·le

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