\ 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 meated (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 Researchers said given that proteins and fats in body fluids can also sharply increase virus survival times, their study may help explain the apparent persistence and spread of the virus in cool environments like meat-packing facilities. NBC News, "Novel coronavirus can last 28 days on glass, currency, Australian study finds," 12 Oct. 2020 That’s what happens in meat-packing plants and elder-care facilities. Adam Rogers, Wired, "The Superspreading Presidency of Donald Trump," 7 Oct. 2020 Agricultural workers have been hard hit by Covid-19 in the U.S., as have meat-packing workers in the U.S. and Europe. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Food Crisis Grows Amid Coronavirus Pandemic," 6 Oct. 2020 There is a specific nod to vegetarians, with a wide variety of creative meat-free options. Jenny Hart, Travel + Leisure, "I Traveled to Cabo Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic — Here's What It Was Really Like," 16 Sep. 2020 For example, proof of vaccination could be required to engage in certain jobs, such as prison staff or line workers in meat-processing plants. The Salt Lake Tribune, "The Conversation: Could religious exemptions trump a COVID-19 vaccine mandate? That depends.," 1 Sep. 2020 At least 70 hog feedlots in Minnesota and Iowa asked for permission to either house extra animals or dispose of animal carcasses because meat-packing plants temporarily closed or slowed production, according to NPR. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana flooded with dozens of requests to waive environmental regulations during pandemic," 6 Aug. 2020 Consider the large outbreaks at Wisconsin meat-packing plants this spring, which are linked to at least 1,527 coronavirus cases and eight worker deaths in the state. Christa Westerberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Wisconsin's citizens can handle the truth when it comes to coronavirus infections in the state's businesses," 4 Aug. 2020 At the beginning of the epidemic, nursing homes, jails and meat-packing plants emerged as hot spots for the virus. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Texas closed bars and curbed restaurants. Will that be enough to stop the coronavirus surge?," 28 June 2020

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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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20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Meat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce meat (audio)

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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