mar·​bling ˈmär-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce marbling (audio)
: the action or process of making like marble especially in coloration
: coloration or markings resembling or suggestive of marble
: 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 chef is winning over critics of the cut by sourcing Miyazaki A5 Wagyu, which has rich marbling of intramuscular fat that American Angus can’t match. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 22 Apr. 2024 Like a robust Cabernet or Syrah, there are aromas, top notes, and lingering aftertastes that are unique to Wagyu, the Japanese beef famous for its marbling and intensity. Vivian Song, Robb Report, 12 Apr. 2024 Having more marbling helps make the meat juicy and flavorful. Andrew Barrett Schrader, Southern Living, 6 Mar. 2024 Prime rib, otherwise known as beef rib roast, is valued for its fat marbling and flavor. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Feb. 2024 Surendra founded a calligraphy business in New York in 2010 and has engaged in several creative pursuits, including bookbinding, chalk art, and paper marbling. Danny Horn,, 12 Jan. 2024 The marbling coincided with another nascent interest: colonial botany and its hierarchical, Eurocentric system of naming and categorizing plant life. Grace Edquist, Vogue, 29 Jan. 2024 And no cut delivers a bigger cooking thrill — or better eating — than bone-in rib-eyes with their generous marbling and primal richness. Genevieve Ko, New York Times, 11 Dec. 2023 The damage consists of a slight marbling of red and green on the back of fresh new foliage, and sometimes there is a slight crinkling, curling or puckering in the new foliage. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of marbling was in 1686

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“Marbling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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: a mixture of fat and lean in a cut of meat

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