mut·​ton ˈmə-tᵊn How to pronounce mutton (audio)
: the flesh of a mature sheep used for food
ˈmə-tᵊn-ē How to pronounce mutton (audio)

Examples of mutton in a Sentence

a meal of mutton and potatoes
Recent Examples on the Web Vegetarian biryani is more popular in India, along with chicken and mutton — but not beef, which most Hindus avoid. Kunwar Khuldune Shahid, NPR, 8 June 2024 The tent had that wonderful aroma of Mongolia—of butter and mutton, of dung fires and horses. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Mar. 2024 Candlelight flickers over bowls of things like cannellini beans in saffron, and mutton chops beside piles of bitter cime di rapa. Jo Rodgers, Vogue, 3 May 2024 Among the fish found there are mutton snapper, gray snapper and yellowtail snapper, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s website. Omar Rodríguez Ortiz, Miami Herald, 1 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for mutton 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Mutton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


mut·​ton ˈmət-ᵊn How to pronounce mutton (audio)
: the flesh of a mature sheep used for food

from French mouton "sheep"

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