Definition of meat
1a : food; especially : solid food as distinguished from drinkb : the edible part of something as distinguished from its covering (such as a husk or shell)
5 : favorite pursuit or interest
meatedplay \ˈmē-təd\ adjective
Examples of meat in a Sentence
The restaurant serves a variety of meats.
The real meat of the book is found in its discussion of his economic plan.
Recent Examples of meat from the Web
The meat is tender, but it's smothered in oily cheese and a sweet sauce.
One island has a station for full-service salads, sandwiches and soups on one side, cheese and meats sliced to order on the other.
A recent focus was JBS, the world’s biggest meat company, whose bosses, Joesley and Wesley Batista, admitted paying bribes totalling $185m to hundreds of politicians.
Other Words That Changed The French left their mark on other meats as well.
Trichinosis is contracted by eating raw or undercooked meat from animals infected with a microscopic roundworm.
Morva's daily routine became consumed by unusual habits - eating large amounts of raw meat and spending hours in the bathroom.
The sandwich is not without its controversy; the New England Today notes that the frozen lobster meat and McChicken bun are two points of contention for lobster roll purists.
The EU, the world’s largest cheese exporter, predicts the deal would result in an additional 10 billion euros ($11.4 billion) in exports of processed food, including meat and dairy products, to Japan.
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Origin and Etymology of meat
Middle English mete “food, meal,” going back to Old English, going back to Germanic *mati- (whence Old Saxon meti, mat “food,” Old High German maz, Old Norse matr, Gothic mats), perhaps going back to Indo-European *mod-i-, derivative of a verbal base *med- “become full,” whence Greek mestós “full, satiated”
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
MEAT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of meat for English Language Learners
: the flesh of an animal used as food
: a type of meat
: the part of something (such as a nut) that can be eaten
MEAT Defined for Kids
Definition of meat for Students
1 : the flesh of an animal used as food Hint: The word meat often does not include the flesh of fish or seafood.
2 : solid food as distinguished from drink
3 : the part of something that can be eaten nut meats
4 : the most important part : substance Get to the meat of the story.
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