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meat

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noun \ˈmēt\

Simple Definition of meat

  • : the flesh of an animal used as food

  • : a type of meat

  • : the part of something (such as a nut) that can be eaten

Full Definition of meat

  1. 1 a :  food; especially :  solid food as distinguished from drink b :  the edible part of something as distinguished from its covering (as a husk or shell)

  2. 2 :  animal tissue considered especially as food: a :  flesh 2b; also :  flesh of a mammal as opposed to fowl or fish b :  flesh 1a; specifically :  flesh of domesticated animals

  3. 3 archaic :  1meal 1; especially :  dinner

  4. 4 a :  the core of something :  heart b :  pith 2b <a novel with meat>

  5. 5 :  favorite pursuit or interest

meat·ed play \ˈmē-təd\ adjective
meat·less adjective

Examples of meat

  1. The restaurant serves a variety of meats.

  2. The real meat of the book is found in its discussion of his economic plan.



Origin of meat

Middle English mete, from Old English; akin to Old High German maz food


First Known Use: before 12th century




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