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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Billie Conrad, another shopper on this recent weekday, prefers to buy her meat in bulk. cincinnati.com, "Hidden in plain sight," 5 Dec. 2019 The picture isn't completely straightforward: a study published Sept. 4, 2019, by The BMJ found that along with lower rates of heart attacks, vegetarians had higher rates of hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke, compared with meat eaters. Harvard Health Letter, chicagotribune.com, "Is it safe to go vegan in older age?," 2 Dec. 2019 Get your history fix in one place: sign up for the weekly TIME History newsletter The meat eaters derided them all. Adrienne Bitar, Time, "The Turkey Has Been the Subject of Thanksgiving-Day Arguments for Longer Than You Probably Think," 28 Nov. 2019 And a new study published today in PLOS ONE reveals how often three Mesozoic meat eaters replaced their chompers. Riley Black, Smithsonian, "Flesh-Ripping Dinosaurs Replaced Their Teeth Multiple Times a Year," 28 Nov. 2019 Amidst all the discussion, though, one subset of people was especially vocal: meat eaters. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "How pro-meat Twitter scrambled the rollout of the planetary health diet," 26 Nov. 2019 Coastal sharks are usually smaller or juveniles of large deep-sea sharks and are valued in the domestic market for their meat, especially in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Bhanu Sridharan, Quartz India, "A little village in southern India may have the secret to sustainable shark fishing," 25 Nov. 2019 Roughly 90 percent of diners who ordered the Impossible Whopper during the burger’s trial run are meat eaters, Burger King’s parent company, RBI Inc., told Bloomberg News. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, "Vegan sues Burger King, claiming meatless Impossible Whopper is ‘contaminated’ by beef fat," 19 Nov. 2019 Plate short ribs are similar to brisket in that their meat is striated with flavorful fat and collagen. Claire Perez, sun-sentinel.com, "Claire’s tip of the week: Long vs. short beef ribs," 15 Nov. 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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The first known use of meat was before the 12th century

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10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Meat.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meat?pronunciation&lang=en_us&file=meat0001. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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meat

noun
How to pronounce meat (audio)

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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