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

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My mom is no longer allowed to cook Italian meals on September 11, the meatballs and the sauces... (CROSSTALK) (LAUGHTER) CAVUTO: How is the family with everything? Fox News, "Former NYSE chair on reopening Stock Exchange after 9/11," 12 Sep. 2018 Arrange the meatballs on the grate over medium heat. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018 Since the meatballs are rolled in brown rice and not formed with breadcrumbs, the gluten-free crowd can enjoy them as well (just ask your server to leave out the baguette slices that get served upright in the red sauce). James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Bodovino still going strong in its fifth year," 18 Jan. 2018 Allow the meatballs to cool for five minutes before removing from the tray. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive Recipe: The Meatball Shop's Turkey Meatballs," 22 Nov. 2013 Plenty of restaurant favorites like spaghetti and meatballs, chicken Caesar salad, and chicken parm can easily be made in your kitchen for a fraction of the price. Arricca Elin Sansone, Woman's Day, "9 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Save Money This Weekend," 14 Nov. 2018 Together, the crew celebrated Leah getting her Master's degree with big plates of meatballs and pasta. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Long Island Medium' Theresa Caputo Celebrates First Milestone Without Larry in Emotional Premiere," 9 Oct. 2018 The spaghetti and marinara with meatballs was a hit, er, make that a strike with the littlest eater at the table. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "Kids already bored this summer? Break the monotony at these tasty gaming destinations," 28 June 2018 Favorite meal and where: KC: Trattoria da Danilo — a tiny, locals-only place in Rome with the best meatballs, fried artichokes, cacio e pepe pasta, and wines. Jane Larkworthy, The Cut, "How These Entrepreneurs Made Drinking Water Look Good," 10 July 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 How to pronounce meatball (audio) \

Kids Definition of meatball

: a small round lump of chopped or ground meat

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