mut·​ton | \ ˈmə-tᵊn How to pronounce mutton (audio) \

Definition of mutton

: the flesh of a mature sheep used for food

Other Words from mutton

muttony \ ˈmə-​tᵊn-​ē How to pronounce mutton (audio) , ˈmət-​nē \ adjective

Examples of mutton in a Sentence

a meal of mutton and potatoes
Recent Examples on the Web In fact, beef, mutton and milk production contribute 80% of total greenhouse gas emissions among livestock, said Pulde. Michelle Shen, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2022 The tender grains absorb a tomato broth and aromatic spices, their flavor melding with chickpeas plus stewed chicken, beef, mutton or lamb. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 5 Jan. 2022 Lamb and mutton are not considered ancestral proteins among Indigenous peoples in North America, according to Navajo (Diné) chef and author Freddie Bitsoie. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 Brown mutton cubes over medium high heat in a large skillet. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 30 Nov. 2021 Steamed corn stew requires few ingredients, just dried steamed corn kernels, water, salt and mutton or lamb, served with fry bread or tortillas on the side. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 30 Nov. 2021 It's called kjötsúpa and is made of lamb or mutton and vegetables. Ruth Kinane,, 5 Oct. 2021 The picnic is not just known for barbecuing nearly 20,000 pounds of mutton and pork each year, but also for the unique format and flavor of the speeches. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, 3 Aug. 2021 Claude Tristam and crewmate Anabelle Goulart, of Belle Isle, who took second place with her 5.96-pound mutton snapper catch. Emmett Hall,, 9 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of mutton

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mutton

Middle English motoun, mutton, sheep, from Anglo-French mutun ram, sheep, mutton, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish molt wether

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“Mutton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of mutton

: the meat of an adult sheep used as food


mut·​ton | \ ˈmə-tᵊn How to pronounce mutton (audio) \

Kids Definition of mutton

: the meat of an adult sheep

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