meat

noun

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 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
4
a
: the core of something : heart
b
: pith sense 2b
a novel with meat
5
: favorite pursuit or interest
meated adjective
meatless 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 on the Web For something a little less refined and a lot messier to consume, the prime rib sandwich will guarantee a dribble or two of meat juice on your shirt. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2024 Menendez is accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, a convertible, and 13 gold bars in exchange for steering aid to Egypt, facilitating a halal meat monopoly, and disrupting criminal investigations on behalf of his friends and family. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 7 July 2024 Its menu at one point included breaded cheese and breaded meat ravioli, tortellini Alfredo, stromboli bites, buffalo chicken bites and more. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 6 July 2024 Based on higher levels of particular carbon and nitrogen isotopes found in their bones, the researchers think these juvenile animals might not have even been weaned yet, which means that the people of this agrarian society were willing to accept less meat yield for higher quality meat. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 6 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for meat 

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Word History

Etymology

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of meat was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Meat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meat. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

meat

noun
1
a
: something eaten for nourishment
especially : solid food as distinguished from drink
b
: the edible part of something as distinguished from the covering (as a shell or husk)
walnut meat
2
: animal and especially mammal flesh used as food

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