\ ˈmēt How to pronounce meat (audio) \

Definition of meat

1a : food especially : solid food as distinguished from drink
b : the edible part of something as distinguished from its covering (such as a husk or shell)
2 : animal tissue considered especially as food:
a : flesh sense 2b also : flesh of a mammal as opposed to fowl or fish
b : flesh sense 1a specifically : flesh of domesticated animals
3 archaic : meal entry 1 sense 1 especially : dinner
4a : the core of something : heart
b : pith sense 2b a novel with meat
5 : favorite pursuit or interest

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Other Words from meat

meated \ ˈmē-​təd How to pronounce meat (audio) \ adjective
meatless adjective

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Examples of meat in a Sentence

The restaurant serves a variety of meats. The real meat of the book is found in its discussion of his economic plan.
Recent Examples on the Web When customers enter the downtown grounds at Smoke BBQ + Skybar, they are greeted by a sign that says the business is looking for hosts, cashiers, cooks, cocktail servers and meat slicers. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "As San Antonio restaurants and bars ramp up to 100%, there's more new restaurants, more unemployment benefits and fewer workers," 26 Mar. 2021 As Anchorage has grown over the years, so has the amount of garbage, Sinnott said, making the city a hotspot for meat bandits. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage Costco customers say ravens are stealing their groceries in the parking lot," 26 Mar. 2021 Their servings are huge and their bread to meat ratio is perfect. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Honey Hut’s Kevin Page shares some of his favorite local dining choices: Five for Friday," 25 Mar. 2021 Keto dieters, meat lovers and CrossFit enthusiasts, rejoice! Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The tastiest snack subscription boxes for any craving," 24 Mar. 2021 Heck, even Rocky Balboa used to smack sides of beef in a freezing meat cooler. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Cardinals' latest OL addition Brian Winters gives new meaning to 'pulling guard'," 24 Mar. 2021 Local 7 represents 32 workers at the store's meat department, and about 27,000 workers in Colorado and Wyoming. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "'It was just terror': Survivors recount rampage in the aisles at Boulder, Colorado supermarket," 24 Mar. 2021 This 20-piece kit includes easy-to-clean stainless-steel tools, including tongs, a spatula, corn holders and a fork that doubles as a meat thermometer. Lizzy Briskin,, "What you need to host a BBQ," 24 Mar. 2021 What to Consider Serious chefs often have multiple meat thermometers in their kitchens. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, "The 8 Best Meat Thermometers to Achieve That Perfect Medium-Rare," 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of meat

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for meat

Middle English mete "food, meal," going back to Old English, going back to Germanic *mati- (whence Old Saxon meti, mat "food," Old High German maz, Old Norse matr, Gothic mats), perhaps going back to Indo-European *mod-i-, derivative of a verbal base *med- "become full," whence Greek mestós "full, satiated"

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The first known use of meat was before the 12th century

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31 Mar 2021

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“Meat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of meat

: the flesh of an animal used as food
: a type of meat
: the part of something (such as a nut) that can be eaten


\ ˈmēt How to pronounce meat (audio) \

Kids Definition of meat

1 : the flesh of an animal used as food
Hint: The word meat often does not include the flesh of fish or seafood.
2 : solid food as distinguished from drink
3 : the part of something that can be eaten nut meats
4 : the most important part : substance Get to the meat of the story.

Other Words from meat

meatless \ -​ləs \ adjective

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