mince·​meat | \ ˈmin(t)s-ˌmēt How to pronounce mincemeat (audio) \

Definition of mincemeat

1 : minced meat
2 : a finely chopped mixture (as of raisins, apples, and spices) sometimes with meat that is often used as pie filling
3 : a state of destruction or annihilation used in the phrase make mincemeat of

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Examples of mincemeat in a Sentence

the artillery quickly made mincemeat of the enemy's fortifications
Recent Examples on the Web Rory McIlroy watched Tiger Woods make mincemeat of the par 5s at Bay Hill on his way to a record eight wins at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Rory McIlroy grabs early lead in quest for 2nd API title, DeChambeau a shot back," 4 Mar. 2021 Even before the Coronavirus pandemic made mincemeat out of the 2020/2021 theatrical release schedule, a sequel to Spider-Man: Far from Home was always going to be a major-league contender for 2021. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, "Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Will Likely Be The Top-Grossing Movie Of 2021," 24 Feb. 2021 Its powerful hind legs supported its 4-ton frame, while its claws and serrated teeth made mincemeat of its prey. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "Meet the T. rex of Texas that prowled the San Antonio area more than 100 million years ago, the Acrocanthosaurus," 2 Feb. 2021 Not with the Mobley brothers making mincemeat of opposing defenses. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "Mobley brothers lead can’t-miss Trojans to rout over Washington," 14 Jan. 2021 The historic Highlandtown bakery is Pie Central this Thanksgiving, offering everything from mincemeat to pumpkin to French apple to sweet potato for just $6-$10. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Too busy to cook? Here’s where to buy ‘homemade’ Thanksgiving foods in the Baltimore area," 19 Nov. 2019 The mincemeat is packaged and frozen in 1.5-pound packages. Gabrielle Copeland Schoeffield, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "West Carroll: Sons of the American Legion to host cornhole tournament; Nightmare on Main Street in Taneytown," 14 Oct. 2019 Imagine, that is, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air making fun, not just mincemeat, of his middle-aged self. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Parasite” Explores What Lies Beneath," 11 Oct. 2019 The pie tradition of the New England colonies had come from old England with the settlers, who transformed the savory kidney and mincemeat pies of the British Isles into sweet pies filled with fruits that grew well along the Atlantic Coast. Gabriella Petrick, Smithsonian, "Why Americans Love Their Apple Pie," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of mincemeat

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 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mincemeat

: meat that has been cut into very small pieces : minced meat
: a mixture of raisins, apples, spices, etc., that is used especially in pies


mince·​meat | \ ˈmins-ˌmēt How to pronounce mincemeat (audio) \

Kids Definition of mincemeat

: a finely chopped mixture (as of raisins, apples, spices, and sometimes meat) that is especially used in pies

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