meat

noun \ ˈmēt \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of meat

1 a : 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 2b; also : flesh of a mammal as opposed to fowl or fish
b : flesh 1a; specifically : flesh of domesticated animals
3 archaic : 1meal 1; especially : dinner
4 a : the core of something : heart
b : pith 2b
  • a novel with meat
5 : favorite pursuit or interest

meated

play \ˈmē-təd\ adjective

meatless

adjective

Examples of meat in a Sentence

  1. The restaurant serves a variety of meats.

  2. The real meat of the book is found in its discussion of his economic plan.

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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"

meat Synonyms

Synonyms
flesh
Related Words
game, poultry, red meat, variety meat
Near Antonyms
bane, poison, toxin, venom


MEAT Defined for English Language Learners

meat

noun

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

meat

noun \ ˈmēt \

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.

meatless

\-ləs\ adjective


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