gris·​tle | \ ˈgri-səl How to pronounce gristle (audio) , -zəl How to pronounce gristle (audio) \

Definition of gristle

: cartilage broadly : tough cartilaginous, tendinous, or fibrous matter especially in table meats

Examples of gristle in a Sentence

a cheap piece of meat, full of gristle and fat
Recent Examples on the Web Remove as much fat, gristle, fascia—anything but muscle—since fat and other non-muscle parts can oxidize quicker and spoil meat. Jack Hennessy, Outdoor Life, "How to Preserve Your Wild Game When the Power Goes Out," 3 Dec. 2020 At the end of the meal, our colleague finished his entire steak except the gristle. Dalton Ross,, "Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Edna Ma wants more challenges on the show," 8 Oct. 2020 Insert it into the right spot: Make sure to insert the probe into meat, not hitting bone or gristle. Mercedes Cardona, Good Housekeeping, "How to Use a Meat Thermometer for Perfectly Cooked Meals," 14 Aug. 2020 Place the food thermometer in the thickest part of the food, making sure not to touch bone, fat, or gristle. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Worried about coronavirus on your food? 165 degrees is universal safe cooking temperature, but not often necessary," 17 Mar. 2020 When cool enough to handle, strip them of their meat and toss the skin, gristle, and bones, reserving both the meat and the concentrated broth. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get cooking: Science closing in on number of genes in the apple genome," 4 Dec. 2019 Turning urban gristle into beauty The dollars have transformed weedy hillsides, crumbling riverbanks, and old debris landfills into surprisingly beautiful landscapes. Steven Litt,, "Burning River legacy: Towpath Trail spurs rediscovery of Cuyahoga Valley, erasing east-west divide," 9 June 2019 This connective tissue changes during cooking and adds texture – and gristle – to meat. Natalie R. Rubio, The Conversation, "So far cultured meat has been burgers – the next big challenge is animal-free steaks," 5 July 2019 As for that gristle: Raise your napkin to your mouth, spit it inside and discreetly fold the napkin over it in your lap. Carolyne Zinko,, "Techies change the world, but can they choose the right knife and fork?," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of gristle

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gristle

Middle English gristil, from Old English gristle; akin to Middle Low German gristel gristle

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The first known use of gristle was before the 12th century

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“Gristle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gristle

: tough matter in meat that is difficult to eat


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Other Words from gristle

gristly \ ˈgris-​lē \ adjective


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