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

Definition of mutton

: the flesh of a mature sheep used for food

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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 Defensive end Cameron Jordan bleached his mutton chops. Amie Just | Staff Writer,, "Saints DL goes blond for team bonding, but Marcus Davenport committed a bit more than everyone else," 17 Dec. 2020 Trombonist Barnabus Jones, 41, could have stepped into this 9th Ward backyard during another century, with his mutton-chop sideburns, fedora and style of horn playing. Katy Reckdahl,, "Holocaust survivor wants to jam with Tuba Skinny; due to coronavirus, they improvise," 2 Dec. 2020 About 80 to 90% of what people order has mutton as a main ingredient. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, "Indigenous street vendors bring comfort food and a taste of home to Phoenix," 24 Sep. 2020 Stable isotope analysis of 36 sets of human remains showed that the typical medieval English diet of cabbage, grain, beef and mutton remained largely unchanged by the Norman Conquest, reports Kiona N. Smith for Ars Technica. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Did the Norman Conquest Change English Cuisine?," 8 July 2020 That means the standard medieval English diet of grains, vegetables like cabbage, and meats like beef and mutton probably didn’t change much—either in its content or in the portion sizes in the average trencher. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The Norman Conquest didn’t change ordinary people’s lives very much," 6 July 2020 As part of their contracts, the families were housed and given mutton to eat and cows to milk. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "How Prosperity Transformed the Falklands," 29 June 2020 It is suggested that perhaps subsisting on a regular diet of mutton and cream at a time when plumbing technology was not very advanced may have led monarchs to smell like ripe gorgonzola, and to act just as sour. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "“The Great,” Reviewed: A Proudly Fictional, Pleasurably Vulgar Spin on Catherine the Great," 18 June 2020 Beijing authorities had earlier halted beef and mutton trading at the market and had closed other wholesale markets around the city. NBC News, "Beijing authorities implement 'wartime emergency mode' after coronavirus cluster," 13 June 2020

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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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The first known use of mutton was in the 13th century

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24 Dec 2020

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“Mutton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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