Meaning of “butcher” in the English Dictionary

"butcher" in British English

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butchernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbʊtʃ.ər/ us /ˈbʊtʃ.ɚ/

butcher noun [ C ] (SHOP)

B1 a person who sells meat in a shop

also butcher's a shop where butchers work

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butcher noun [ C ] (MURDER)

someone who murders a lot of people, especially in a cruel way

butcherverb [ T ]

uk /ˈbʊtʃ.ər/ us /ˈbʊtʃ.ɚ/

(Definition of “butcher” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"butcher" in American English

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butchernoun [ C ]

us /ˈbʊtʃ·ər/

a person whose job is to kill animals for meat or who prepares and sells meat in a store

A butcher is also a murderer, esp. of a lot of people.

butcherverb [ T ]

us /ˈbʊtʃ·ər/

to kill animals and prepare them to be sold as meat

To butcher is also to kill people in a cruel way.

(Definition of “butcher” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)