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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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 Fans of all ages came together to watch events ranging from bull riding to mutton bustin’ to barrel racing. Patrick Connolly,, "Silver Spurs Rodeo brings bucking bulls back to Kissimmee," 2 June 2018 Valley Center’s Stampede Rodeo & Festival celebrates its patriotism and Western heritage with cowgirls and cowboys competing in races with broncs, bulls, mutton busting, junior barrel racing, a wild donkey race and a calf scramble. Lisa Deaderick,, "Top weekend events: San Diego Comedy Festival, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Fiesta Botanica," 25 May 2018 Rodeo weekend showcases Western lifestyle, professional sport, Main Street Parade, mutton bustin’, community dances, more. Sentinel Staff, Ramona Sentinel, "Calendar: PRCA Rodeo, Main Street Parade among upcoming events," 16 May 2018 In the wake of the sensational press coverage, ill-mannered sailors of the British reportedly began referring to their putrid canned mutton as bits of Fanny Adams. Elizabeth Lowry, WSJ, "‘Victorians Undone’ Review: Bodies in Question," 4 May 2018 In 1943, World War II rationing of meat, fats and cheese began, limiting consumers to store purchases of an average of about two pounds a week for beef, pork, lamb and mutton using a coupon system. azcentral, "AZ Memo: What it would cost to meet teachers' demands; Sheriff's Office hopes image helps solve cold case; Uber collision highlights secrecy," 29 Mar. 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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The first known use of mutton was in the 13th century

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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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