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 The classic meatball, ricotta and garlic, followed by the kicky Persian beef with tomato, feta and harissa. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "Our food writers pick their favorite pizza places in the Twin Cities," 17 Feb. 2021 There are Christmas options from this catering company including sweet and sour meatball appetizers, spinach lasagna and chicken parmigiana entrees. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, "Don’t want to cook for Christmas? These Arlington restaurants have you covered," 18 Dec. 2020 Meyer’s Gramercy Tavern, for example, is offering a meatball sub and chicken noodle soup, whereas Veselka in the East Village’s special includes soup, garden salad, three pierogis, stuffed cabbage with mushroom gravy, and grilled kielbasa. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "New York City’s First Takeout-Only Restaurant Week Is Here," 25 Jan. 2021 Remove from freezer and reroll each meatball in hands to make round again, if needed. Star Tribune, "Sunday supper: Swedish Meatballs With Noodles and Chutney," 29 Jan. 2021 Illeana is a health food developer who makes James try a huge meatball, and Kit, a fashion entrepreneur who shows up in a feather mini dress. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "'The Bachelor' is back and so are those interesting job titles," 5 Jan. 2021 Using a wide, thin spatula, smash the meatball into the pan until a thin (about 1/3 inch) patty forms. cleveland, "It’s grilling season, but for a better burger, use the stove," 3 June 2020 For example, his meatball recipe is repurposed into a pho bowl, a French bread pizza topping, a banh mi sandwich and a Greek salad ingredient. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New openings, closures and a cookbook on San Diego’s restaurant scene," 24 Nov. 2020 Winslow says if your meatball or meatloaf recipe first calls for cooking down onions, consider instead working raw scallions into the ground meat for a brighter taste. Washington Post, "Onions, shallots, scallions and leeks are mostly interchangeable in recipes. Here’s how to use what you have.," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of meatball

1856, in the meaning defined above

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1 Mar 2021

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“Meatball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of meatball

: a small ball of chopped or ground meat


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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