meat

noun
\ 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

Synonyms for meat

Synonyms

flesh

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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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Hopefully Westbrook and Embiid continue feuding into the next decade, there’s still some meat on that bone. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "The Most Notable NBA Feuds This Past Decade," 17 Sep. 2019 Milan Shipka, director of the UAF Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, said the move will help the farm develop a larger herd for meat production. Author: Erin Mcgroarty, Anchorage Daily News, "UAF reindeer herd moves to Delta for increased meat market," 15 Sep. 2019 Wilks traveled the globe, interviewing performance science researchers, experts, and athletes, including some familiar faces; turns out Arnold Schwarzenegger has a lot to say about why even body builders don’t need meat on the menu. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "The New ‘Game Changers’ Documentary Proves Even Pro Athletes Can Eat Plant-Based," 15 Sep. 2019 Case in point: Both the fast-fashion and farm-to-table meat industries are allowed free rein by City Hall while farm-to-fashion fur is vilified. Faran Krentcil, Harper's BAZAAR, "Should Fur Be Illegal?," 13 Sep. 2019 But Posner doesn’t so much adapt Chekhov’s play as put it through a meat grinder, producing a leaner, funnier, more flavorful dish aimed at the contemporary American palate. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "Dobama Theatre opens 60th season with ‘Stupid (Bleeping) Bird,’ a meta fine sendup of Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’," 13 Sep. 2019 Hides once accounted for 7% to 10% of an animal’s total value, helping subsidize meat prices. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Tariffs squeezing Colorado exporters and importers alike," 12 Sep. 2019 Neither is polystyrene foam (like that found in meat packaging). Elena Shao, SFChronicle.com, "Recycling: 10 tips for getting it right," 9 Sep. 2019 Check to see of the meat is close to falling off the bone. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Pheasant Cacciatore," 11 Sep. 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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meat

noun

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

meat

noun
\ 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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