meat·​ball ˈmēt-ˌbȯl How to pronounce meatball (audio)
: 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 This past spring a science museum in Amsterdam unveiled an unusual exhibit: a giant meatball created with DNA from the woolly mammoth. Regina Marler, The New York Review of Books, 31 Aug. 2023 Frozen meatballs simmer in a sweet-tangy sauce made with grape jelly, chili sauce, and barbecue sauce. 03 Pumpkin Streusel Muffins These pumpkin muffins are delicious for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 30 Aug. 2023 There’s a Swedish food court with all of the Ikea classics, including meatballs and vegetable balls, lox, pickled things, and poached salmon. Trisha Thadani, Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2023 This year, an Australian company made a woolly mammoth meatball using the long-extinct creature’s DNA. David Abel,, 19 Aug. 2023 Food entrees on the riverboat range from barbecue chicken to beef tips over rice to spaghetti and meatballs, according to the rental brochure, and grill area offers burgers, wings, nachos and other casual fare. Mary Colurso |, al, 11 Aug. 2023 Times staff writer Jenn Harris has tried all of the regular-season food at the stadium and recommends staying away from the crispy potato tacos and crispy shrimp taco and instead trying the meatballs and tsunami tots. Jessica Roy, Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2023 This recipe can be made vegetarian with vegetable stock and vegetarian meatballs. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 19 Aug. 2023 The boat noodles — which feature beef short rib, meatballs, oxtail and chicharron — at Kin Sen Asian Noodle Bar in Salt Lake City. Stuart Melling, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of meatball was in 1856

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“Meatball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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meat·​ball -ˌbȯl How to pronounce meatball (audio)
: a small ball of chopped or ground meat

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