\ ˈmēt How to pronounce meat (audio) \

Definition of meat

1a : food especially : solid food as distinguished from drink
b : the edible part of something as distinguished from its covering (such as a husk or shell)
2 : animal tissue considered especially as food:
a : flesh sense 2b also : flesh of a mammal as opposed to fowl or fish
b : flesh sense 1a specifically : flesh of domesticated animals
3 archaic : meal entry 1 sense 1 especially : dinner
4a : the core of something : heart
b : pith sense 2b a novel with meat
5 : favorite pursuit or interest

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Other Words from meat

meated \ ˈmē-​təd How to pronounce meated (audio) \ adjective
meatless adjective

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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.

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Coat each piece of pounded chicken first in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess; then in the egg; and then in the seasoned panko, pressing so the meat is evenly and completely coated. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "Need a golden brown chicken schnitzel that’s crispy without being greasy? This is it.," 14 Aug. 2019 Research shows that reducing meat consumption could reduce demand for land and greenhouse gas emissions. Los Angeles Times, "Land use policy key to reining in global warming, U.N. report warns," 8 Aug. 2019 There is no question that the growth of livestock farming and meat consumption is far from environmentally friendly. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "These Plants Can Replace Meat—but Will Doing So Help the Environment?," 8 Aug. 2019 The finalists include companies producing foods such as peanut brittle, barbecue sauce, bottled water, pickles, meat-free jerky, baking mixes, smoked sausages and even a brand producing protein bars made from crickets. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "H-E-B announces finalists for 2019 Quest for Texas Best competition," 24 July 2019 Photos: Plant-based and vegan options continue to sprout Vegan fast-food: Vegan and meat-free fast-food options are growing. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Two men fined for eating raw squirrels to protest veganism as people begged them to stop," 23 July 2019 The jaguars are temporarily lured into small pens while the meat is hidden around their compounds. NBC News, "Jaguar reintroduction plan in Argentina represents rare good news story for big cats," 21 July 2019 There’s a chance the 49ers glide into Week 4 at 2-1 or even 3-0 (Bengals, Steelers, Buccaneers), but the meat of their schedule is backloaded with little respite. Conor Orr,, "Predicting Every Team’s Record for the 2019 NFL Season," 17 July 2019 So when the 500-pounder circled the boat, devouring a bait bottle off the back of Bowman’s 24-foot Triton, his years of work sorting out the zaniness of engaging a meat-eating rocket at close range became obvious. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Toothy air show wows as local guide fly-fishes for mako sharks," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of meat

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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"

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English Language Learners Definition of meat

: the flesh of an animal used as food
: a type of meat
: the part of something (such as a nut) that can be eaten


\ ˈmēt How to pronounce meat (audio) \

Kids Definition of meat

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.

Other Words from meat

meatless \ -​ləs \ adjective

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