mar·​bling | \ ˈmär-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce marbling (audio) \

Definition of marbling

1 : the action or process of making like marble especially in coloration
2 : coloration or markings resembling or suggestive of marble
3 : an intermixture of fat and lean especially when evenly distributed in a cut of meat

Examples of marbling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The combination of slow-roasting and generous marbling delivers a cut that’s juicy and flavorful. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Why Prime Rib Makes the Best Christmas Dinner," 24 Dec. 2020 Look for them in Christmassy red, hot pink, cream, white, apricot, or with marbling, speckles, or streaks. Lynn Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens, "5 of the Most Festive Flowering Houseplants for Holiday Decorating," 10 Dec. 2020 Wagyu beef sausage: The gourmet Wagyu beef, which has roots in Japan and is known for its intense marbling throughout the meat, is all the rage nowadays. Chuck Blount,, "Chuck’s Food Shack: 6 great San Antonio-made sausages to include in your cookouts," 19 Oct. 2020 This cut is also known as strip loin and features good marbling and flavor. Matt Haines, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need to grill up a perfectly seared steak," 30 July 2020 Also, like any cut of beef, the marbling is critical. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Fourth of July grilling: Raising the stakes with steak," 29 June 2020 But marbling is only the first step of the process: Once the paper is dry, Schneider applies it to lampshades, boxes, switchplates, and more, finishing it with a metallic rim, traces of which are strewn around the Shandell's workshop. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Inside a Tiny Massachusetts Workshop Making Gorgeous Marbleized Accessories," 27 Feb. 2020 Wagyu, a Japanese beef cattle breed, is highly prized for rich marbling, tenderness and flavor. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s the perfect time to make corned beef and cabbage," 13 Mar. 2020 Scores are given from 1 to 5 based on the beef marbling, meat color, firmness, texture and quality of fat. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "The cult of Wagyu hits SF restaurants," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of marbling

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Marbling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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