meat·​ball | \ ˈmēt-ˌbȯl How to pronounce meatball (audio) \

Definition of meatball

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

Examples of meatball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ikea's chef came up with a recipe that was two-thirds beef and one-third pork, but Kamprad, the founder, wanted the meatball to be primarily from pigs. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 30 Apr. 2022 Here, a solid half-dozen of our favorite chicken meatball recipes. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 15 Apr. 2022 Rzymek said the original vegetable meatball was made from a blend of lentils and a mix of vegetables and mushrooms. cleveland, 9 Mar. 2022 Pesto pairs well with white beans, chickpeas, chicken, fish and even the right meatball. Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2022 Aside from her singing performances, Charli was also featured in a sketch as a singing meatball growing out of cast member Sarah Sherman's underarm. Daniela Avila,, 17 Mar. 2022 The eatery will have a few seats for customers who can order the restaurant’s staples like meatball subs as well as beer and liquor and gelato. Christina Tkacik,, 20 Jan. 2022 Standouts include a grownup bologna sandwich made from a thick slab of fried mortadella, an excellent meatball sub and a deeply savory meatloaf. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Jan. 2022 Inspired by a Canal House recipe, this meatball and gravy combo makes a comforting winter meal. Ian Knauer, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of meatball

1856, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2022

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meat·​ball | \ ˈmēt-ˌbȯl How to pronounce meatball (audio) \

Kids Definition of meatball

: a small round lump of chopped or ground meat

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