mut·​ton | \ ˈmə-tᵊn \

Definition of mutton

: the flesh of a mature sheep used for food

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Other Words from mutton

muttony \ ˈmə-​tᵊn-​ē , ˈmət-​nē \ adjective

Examples of mutton in a Sentence

a meal of mutton and potatoes

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But the mutton chop here has been known to have that effect. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Secret to This Dish's Deep Flavor," 18 Oct. 2018 While the color is a refreshing change of pace, the demi leg-of-mutton shoulder dress fell in line with the Duchess' previous royal style. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Chooses Alexander McQueen for Princess Eugenie’s Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 Semi-sheer and gauzy, the romantic dress featured intricate details such as mutton sleeves, embroidery, and lace trimming. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Florence Welch Proves She’s Still the Queen of Bohemian Style," 12 Aug. 2018 Nasi goreng kambing, originally thought to have been devised by the Betawi people who first came to Jakarta (then the Dutch colonial city of Batavia) in the 17th century, featured thick cubes of mutton adding an unmistakable funk. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Love Letter to Nasi Goreng, Jakarta's Street Food Staple," 1 Oct. 2018 Smoked brook trout, mutton, an endive salad, a Margaux open on the sideboard. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Wine Lover’s Summer Reading List," 15 Aug. 2018 The dress featured a peaked demi-leg-o-mutton sleeve, a nod to Elizabethan tradition, and worked well with a plunging v-neckline. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Wears Alexander McQueen for Prince Louis’s Christening," 9 July 2018 His outfit is accented by a pocket square, and by his unruly signature mutton chops and mustache. Joseph Bien-kahn, WIRED, "Radical As Ever, Boots Riley Takes On the Tech Boom," 4 July 2018 For lunch, go with Shatrun and Bhavna (who has exquisite taste and is planning a shop at Dev Shree that will be a divine blessing) and the Rani to picnic with the farmer, Bahpoo, who believes in mutton-to-plate. Victoria Mather, A-LIST, "India Files: the Princely Grandeur of Rajasthan," 20 June 2018

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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 Celt origin; akin to Old Irish molt wether

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English Language Learners Definition of mutton

: the meat of an adult sheep used as food


mut·​ton | \ ˈmə-tᵊn \

Kids Definition of mutton

: the meat of an adult sheep

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