plural noun

en·​trails ˈen-ˌtrālz How to pronounce entrails (audio) -trəlz How to pronounce entrails (audio)
: bowels, viscera
broadly : internal parts
: the inner workings of something
the entrails of the movie industry

Examples of entrails in a Sentence

in ancient Rome predictions of future events would sometimes be based on an examination of the entrails of a sacrificial animal
Recent Examples on the Web The patient, relived his entrails weren’t falling out, coiled the worm onto a cardboard tube and went to the hospital. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 22 Jan. 2018 In one scene Dahmer goes fishing and, while learning to gut his catch, squeezes the entrails between his fingers and watches them ooze. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2022 Art the Clown likes to play with people’s entrails. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 28 Oct. 2022 But contrary to the name, the dish doesn't actually feature entrails. Kate Springer, CNN, 22 Aug. 2022 Ancient peoples believed divine messages could be transmitted through a variety of mediums, including the entrails of dead animals, the stars, the behavior of birds and small bones or dice. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Aug. 2022 Some, like Chase Young, tear open those expectations and leave the entrails all over the field. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 20 July 2022 Minor embellishments aside, the filmhas been both celebrated and criticized for its gritty realism, which includes close-ups of everything from spurting arteries to rats feeding on human entrails. Mike Miller, Peoplemag, 14 Aug. 2022 And there is a close connection between these two films that delve deep into the entrails of Martone’s native Naples. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 25 May 2022

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of entrails was in the 14th century

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“Entrails.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entrails. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural noun
en·​trails ˈen-trəlz How to pronounce entrails (audio)
: internal organs : viscera
especially : the part of the digestive system composed of the intestines

Medical Definition


noun plural
en·​trails ˈen-trəlz How to pronounce entrails (audio) -ˌtrālz How to pronounce entrails (audio)
: the bowels or viscera especially of an animal

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