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

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There were concerns about the mincemeat pie disappearing. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Polly Campbell: Coke back at Frisch's. Here's what it means," 18 June 2018 Sea Wolf ran through the Golden Gate and made mincemeat of rockfish and lingcod at the Farallones. sacbee, "Fishing line: Sacramento River sees plenty of stripers and shad | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Apr. 2018 With already 36 runs scored and 40 hits, the bats have made mincemeat of opponent's pitching. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park, La Porte set for big baseball game at Kethan Field," 22 Mar. 2018 Not even the queen of England can get an equal slice of the mincemeat pie. Maya Salam, New York Times, "Claire Foy, Queen on ‘The Crown,’ Was Paid Less Than Her Onscreen Husband," 13 Mar. 2018 Making his third start for his new franchise, Justin Verlander made mincemeat of the Mariners. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Astros' AL West Title Serves As Reminder They Could Still Be Baseball's Best Team," 18 Sep. 2017 Most, though, seem forgotten by time: leftover ham casseroles, mincemeat pies, and canned-fruit gelatins. Ali Rosen, Bon Appetit, "My Grandmother's Pineapple Dainties—a Recipe from the Past That Still Holds Up," 22 May 2017 The company, in partnership with a pickle and vinegar maker, started also selling pickles, and by the 1890s was selling more than 60 products, including mincemeat and pepper sauce, Mikkelson writes. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "There Never Were 57 Varieties of Heinz Ketchup," 12 Oct. 2017 State Fair,’’ where housewives derive their self-worth from prizewinning mincemeat, and restless young farm folk seek romance with worldly strangers. Meredith Mendelsohn, New York Times, "And the Blue Ribbon Goes to ... Anissa Mack," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of mincemeat

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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