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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The deluge has impeded crop shipments for U.S. grain traders and inundated roads and rail lines that companies including Hormel Foods Corp. and Tyson Foods Inc. use to move meat. ... Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Floods Deal a New Blow to the Farm Belt," 28 Mar. 2019 The saga continues Total War's spin-off Saga series is neat in theory: A more constrained Total War experience, focusing on time periods or regions that wouldn’t necessarily have enough meat for a full-length game. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Diablo rises from the dead on GOG, Dead or Alive's $93 season pass, Halo on PC?," 8 Mar. 2019 Food is organized on the dinner plates like a clock, with, say, mashed potatoes at 3 o’clock and meat at 6 o’clock. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vision Quest," 6 Mar. 2019 But the top priority after the holidays is to begin the process of putting real policy meat on the GND bones — hammering out an actual policy platform. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 Garlic Mushroom Kabobs These meat-like skewers are delicious barbecue alternative for vegetarians and vegans. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Clean, Prep, and Cook Mushrooms Perfectly," 22 Feb. 2019 Ganaderos Alvarado, a ranching and meat-processing company based in Arecibo, also is trying to wean itself of Prepa. Andrew Scurria And Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Picks Bidders for Ailing Power Utility," 20 Jan. 2019 The rib, however, indicated a farmer’s grain and meat-heavy diet. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 The price of beef has also increased in one of the world's top meat-consuming countries. Almudena Calatrava, Fox News, "Argentines seek soup kitchens, barter markets amid crisis," 10 Sep. 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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The first known use of meat was before the 12th century

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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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