\ ˈmēt \

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 \ 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.

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Is there any meat on the bone to justify the innuendo that Painter and Tanden seemed to be aiming at Kennedy and his son? Salvador Rizzo,, "There is an unfounded conspiracy theory about the Supreme Court and Trump Tower Chicago," 14 July 2018 Accompanying the meat were vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, fingerling potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli rabe. Lauren Delgado,, "Enzo's Hideaway offers Italian fare paired with prohibition-style cocktails," 14 July 2018 Is there any meat on the bone to justify the innuendo that Painter and Tanden seemed to be aiming at Kennedy and his son? Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "The thinly-sourced theories about Trump’s loans and Justice Kennedy’s son," 12 July 2018 Venezuelan crab meat was already a concern for many Maryland watermen, but not for health reasons — the imports are major competitors to local seafood. Scott Dance,, "Marylanders warned to avoid Venezuelan crab meat after nine sickened by Vibrio bacteria," 7 July 2018 Where Your Mouth Is Swearing off meat is a principled choice, but don’t expect the industry to notice. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "This Natalie Portman–Backed Documentary Will Make You Seriously Consider Going Vegetarian," 16 June 2018 The meat is first marinated in salt and ground fresh several times a day. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Best burgers in the Bay Area from the 2018 Top 100 restaurants," 12 June 2018 Lobster meat is also a pricey ingredient investment and best when secured as fresh as possible, ideally live. Phil Potempa, Post-Tribune, "From the Farm: Lobsters and chefs share decades of a love-hate relationship," 9 June 2018 And the meat was no longer finished with a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt. Brett Anderson,, "Echo's Pizza, Gabrielle, Kin, LA 23 BBQ, Zimmer's make the cut for Critic's Picks," 6 June 2018

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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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Phrases Related to meat

dark meat

lunch meat

luncheon meat

white meat

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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


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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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