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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Place meatballs on top of noodles, pour in 1 3/4 cups water, and add 1/4 teaspoon salt. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Asian Noodles and Meatballs," 16 Aug. 2018 That goes well beyond lingonberries and Swedish meatballs. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "IKEA's culinary director could get you to like herring," 28 May 2018 The third, a turkey meatball made for GDL Italian, had a crisp crunch to it. Wesley Case,, "Opening next week, Giada De Laurentiis’ Horseshoe Casino restaurant aims to bring California-meets-Italy cuisine to Baltimore," 16 May 2018 The hybrid powertrain punted this 4741-pound Swedish meatball to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds; staying on the accelerator pedal produced a quarter-mile time of 13.7 seconds at a trap speed of 101 mph. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2018 Volvo XC60 T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid," 28 Feb. 2018 Max a Mia, 70 East Main St., Avon, offers salads, pasta trays, panini platters, meatball sliders, Tuscan chicken wings, stone pies, N.Y.-style cheesecake and tiramisu. Leeanne Griffin,, "Super Bowl 2018 LII: Catering And Party Options," 26 Jan. 2018 Here, the bagel is treated more like a submarine roll, stuffed with sandwich fillings that ranged from pastrami to meatballs to a burger. Charles Passy, WSJ, "In Search of a New York Bagel in Europe," 24 Nov. 2018 For example, Swedish meatballs cost $7.99 per pound and Fenelar runs $24.99 a pound. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "New Nordic? Seattle’s Scandinavian food scene reaches far beyond lutefisk and lingonberries," 7 Nov. 2018 Place 3 meatballs in the center of each serving bowl. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 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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