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 Serve the meatballs and sauce over the zucchini noodles sprinkled with the parmigiano. The View, ABC News, "Eat guilt-free thanks to these keto comfort food recipes," 6 Mar. 2020 This same duo of sauces accompanies the meatballs and each game meat available in this format. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Rustic Louisville hotspot hits homerun with kangaroo, elk burgers that satisfy any craving," 18 Dec. 2019 Bean was thoroughly relieved to nail the scene and gladly released the meatballs to his dog actors. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Dog stars of 'Lady and the Tramp' really shared a noodle in Tony's famed Italian restaurant," 11 Nov. 2019 Nope — let’s do turkey noodle soup instead, with fragrant ginger and basil right in the turkey meatballs themselves. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "7 slurpable noodle soup recipes to keep you cozy," 7 Nov. 2019 In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the meatballs except for the oil. Carrie Knauer,, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Time to start thinking about Thanksgiving appetizers," 28 Oct. 2019 If the meatballs seem loose, refrigerate them for 30 minutes to firm them up. Ellie Krieger, The Denver Post, "A barely cooked tomato sauce and oats give these turkey meatballs a fresh twist," 26 Sep. 2019 Oh, look, Sam Affleck has the meatball on his fork. Claudia Harmata,, "Jennifer Garner Reveals the Creative Game She Plays with Her Kids to Get Them to Try New Foods," 11 Sep. 2019 Get ahead: Cook the meatballs and refrigerate for up to 4 days. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Mini Meatballs With Garlicky Tomatoes," 9 Aug. 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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7 Apr 2020

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“Meatball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 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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