noun \ˈmēt\

: 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

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)
:  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
archaic :  1meal 1; especially :  dinner
a :  the core of something :  heart
b :  pith 2b <a novel with meat>
:  favorite pursuit or interest
meat·ed \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

Related to MEAT

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel


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