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chitlin circuit Line breaks: chit|lin cir|cuit
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɪtlɪn/

Definition of chitlin circuit in English:


North American informal
(During the era of racial segregation in parts of the US) a network of clubs, theatres, and other venues where black entertainers were able to perform.
Example sentences
  • There was that small-town camaraderie, especially on the chitlin circuit in the South.
  • It's almost like a white chitlin circuit of underground rap music.
  • During America's segregationist years, the chitlin circuit - cheap juke joints and diners - was the only place many black musicians could get work.


From chitlins, a southern US dialect form of chitterlings (a food stereotypically associated with black people and poor southerners).

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