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 Chris Morocco’s chicken-and-rice meatballs with hummus (store-bought). Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Make Chicken Meatballs for the Soul," 11 Jan. 2020 There will also be a kid’s table with chicken meatballs with spaghetti, chicken fingers, fries and mac and cheese. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Here are 10 restaurants in Palm Beach County that will do Thanksgiving for you," 29 Oct. 2019 Tom’s Burgers & More in Elmendorf, a 25-minute drive south of San Antonio, expands its horizons with burger alternatives that include enchilada plates, spaghetti and meatballs, fish baskets, even turkey and dressing for the holidays. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Old-fashioned burgers, enchiladas, onion rings rule at Tom’s Burgers & More in Elmendorf," 20 Dec. 2019 There are Louisville shoppers who drive nearly two hours to Cincinnati for curtains, throw pillows and Swedish meatballs. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "IKEA? REI? Send us your Louisville retail wish lists," 25 June 2018 Choosing between crab cakes and spaghetti and meatballs? Daliah Singer, The Know, "Review: Officers Club serves up sophisticated, retro vibes in a former airplane hangar," 10 Dec. 2019 There were lots of amazing, creative, fascinating recipes that subbed wild foods into recipes, like seal spaghetti and meatballs. Anchorage Daily News, "Launching a book on Alaska food, Julia O’Malley talks food trends and the surprising beauty of a Jell-O salad," 6 Dec. 2019 The excellent brunch menu includes the soul-satisfying broken rice porridge, with the surprise of chicken meatballs hidden inside, ginger, scallions, cured egg yolk shavings and a dash of spicy chili oil. San Diego Union-Tribune, "We hate brunch. But we love these 10 brunch spots," 8 Aug. 2019 From tiny shrimp toasts to pop-able crispy meatballs, ditch the silverware for finger foods. Bon Appétit, "64 Recipes for One-Bite Appetizers," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of meatball

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of meatball was in 1856

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14 Jan 2020

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“Meatball.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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