mince·​meat ˈmin(t)s-ˌmēt How to pronounce mincemeat (audio)
: minced meat
: a finely chopped mixture (as of raisins, apples, and spices) sometimes with meat that is often used as pie filling
: a state of destruction or annihilation
used in the phrase make mincemeat of

Examples of mincemeat in a Sentence

the artillery quickly made mincemeat of the enemy's fortifications
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Word History

First Known Use

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mincemeat was in 1630

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“Mincemeat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mincemeat. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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mince·​meat ˈmin(t)-ˌsmēt How to pronounce mincemeat (audio)
: minced meat
: a finely chopped mixture (as of raisins, apples, and spices) with or without meat

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