plural noun
en·​trails | \ ˈen-ˌtrālz How to pronounce entrails (audio) , -trəlz \

Definition of entrails

1 : bowels, viscera broadly : internal parts
2 : the inner workings of something the entrails of the movie industry

Examples of entrails in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In his canvases, Mr. Nitsch used materials including blood and pig entrails in addition to acrylics. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2022 The dogs, intrigued by the entrails, give themselves a good roll in the filth. Nathaniel Adams, Chron, 26 Apr. 2022 Protesters left deer entrails on the mayor’s car and hired detectives to trail White Buffalo’s sharpshooters, who began wearing bulletproof vests. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021 Hybrids are popular these days: cars that run on electricity and gas, people who run on pig hearts and other animal entrails, journalists who blend fact, fiction and malevolence. Dave Shiflett, WSJ, 24 Feb. 2022 Take those measurements, perhaps swirl them with the entrails of a goat, and out pops a score. David Mccloskey, CNN, 11 Oct. 2021 Dogpatch neighborhood was reportedly named for the packs of strays that hunted for scraps from a now extinct row of nearby slaughterhouses, where industrial meat operations could discard entrails into marshes and mudflats. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 29 Sep. 2021 In late 1985, Feinstein started rallying again for a baseball-only ballpark; a sports arena that was somehow even uglier than the dome, with Interstate 280 overpasses beyond right field, looking like human entrails coming out of the ballpark. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Sep. 2021 When preparing them for the table, the trick is to remove the entrails, then cut the fish into steaks about 2 inches thick. Frank Sargeant, al, 15 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of entrails

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for entrails

Middle English entrailles, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin intralia, alteration of Latin interanea, plural of interaneum intestine, from neuter of interaneus interior

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“Entrails.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entrails. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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noun plural
en·​trails | \ ˈen-ˌtrālz How to pronounce entrails (audio) , -trəlz \

Kids Definition of entrails

: the internal parts of an animal


noun plural
en·​trails | \ ˈen-trəlz How to pronounce entrails (audio) , -ˌtrālz How to pronounce entrails (audio) \

Medical Definition of entrails

: the bowels or viscera especially of an animal

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