\ 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.

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The air smells like weed, stale beer and smoked meat. Charlotte Wilder,, "A Desperate Hope in Cleveland," 8 Sep. 2019 There’s a list of exceptions for things like the bags used for produce, meat or bulk items at grocery stores. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s plastic bag ban takes effect Sunday. Here’s what to expect.," 13 Sep. 2019 According to Neiman Marcus’s website, the couch is expected to ship no later than December 6, making this the perfect holiday gift for your meat-loving friends. Georgia Slater,, "Stop What You're Doing And Check Out This $7,500 Hot Dog Couch Complete With All The Toppings," 13 Sep. 2019 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NDMA has been detected in tobacco smoke, chewing tobacco and cured meats such as bacon. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Low levels of contaminant found in popular heartburn pills," 13 Sep. 2019 Plus, everyone knows the best hangover cure is carbs, cheese, and meat. Emily Schultz, Bon Appétit, "My Version of Self Care Is Going to Lella Alimentari," 13 Sep. 2019 Kenny said the network caters to a medium market of ranchers raising 1,000 to 10,000 chickens to supply eggs and meat for restaurant and farmers markets. Ramona Sentinel, "Birding couple share tips for care and breeding of fowl," 12 Sep. 2019 The video taken before the theft showed the victim, wearing a pink sweater, in an aisle, choosing what appeared to be deli meat. Fox News, "Caught on camera: Woman steals wallet from elderly victim's purse in California supermarket, police say," 12 Sep. 2019 Repeat layering with remaining bread, cheese, and meat. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Sand-witches," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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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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