bil·​tong ˈbil-ˌtȯŋ How to pronounce biltong (audio)
chiefly South Africa
: jerked meat

Examples of biltong in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hiking just got a whole lot more flavorful with a bag of this biltong. Ashley Martens, Redbook, 10 May 2023 Some biltong and cumin on the finish. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 3 July 2022 Its biltong snacks are on shelves in 17,000 stores across the U.S., including Walmart, Kroger, Sprouts, 7-Eleven and 25 other retailers. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, 20 July 2021 The new capital will be put toward public education about biltong. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, 17 Jan. 2020 The Plano startup is cognizant that increased public awareness probably will raise the profile of the entire biltong industry. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, 17 Jan. 2020 On arrival, drinks (gin and tonics!) and snacks (biltong!) are served. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Apr. 2018 Flank ham biltong pig rump strip steak capicola sirloin ribeye hamburger drumstick pastrami spare ribs. Aaron Jansen, Alaska Dispatch News, 18 July 2017

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Word History


Afrikaans, from bil rump + tong tongue

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biltong was in 1815

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Cite this Entry

“Biltong.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2024.

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