meat·ball | \-ˌbȯl \

Definition of meatball 

: a small ball of chopped or ground meat often mixed with bread crumbs and spices

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Boat noodles are a specialty: Choose among rice, egg, or flat noodles in a pungent swirl of meatballs, pork rinds, bean sprouts, water spinach (known as morning glory), and beef or pork, topped with cilantro or scallions. Kara Baskin,, "Quick Bite: Dakzen near Davis Square for Bangkok-style street food," 5 July 2018 His mother still makes pasta at home; his meatball recipe at Bertucci’s is an adaptation of hers. Devra First,, "Learning how to make Bertucci’s beloved rolls," 18 June 2018 The meatballs take on the appearance of tiny marbles glossed with ruby-red sauce; the dish’s tartness is energetic, but not disorienting. New York Times, "The Vast World of Islam, in 300 Recipes," 5 June 2018 Add the meatballs and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, turning as needed to brown evenly. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Basic meatball mixture delivers comfort in 30 minutes," 14 Mar. 2018 Joe's famous meatball recipe became a staple to many of his loyal customers., "Joseph Civitillo," 5 Feb. 2018 Early frontrunner favorites among diners are the panella, swordfish, pasta with vodka sauce, meatballs, an extensive selection of cheese and charcuterie. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "This new restaurant in Germantown comes from a long line of Louisville Italian royalty," 2 Jan. 2018 She will always be remembered for making the best meatballs, linguini and white clam sauce, chicken soup, onion pie and especially fried dough., "Clara Cellino," 1 July 2018 But the crunchy turkey meatball delivered particularly delectable texture, along with hearty flavor from ricotta and a burst of chili. Tim Smith,, "Giada De Laurentiis' new restaurant in Horseshoe Casino Baltimore serves up appealing flavors," 28 June 2018

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1856, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of meatball

: a small ball of chopped or ground meat


meat·ball | \ˈmēt-ˌbȯl \

Kids Definition of meatball

: a small round lump of chopped or ground meat

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