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 muttony (audio) , ˈmət-​nē \ adjective

Examples of mutton in a Sentence

a meal of mutton and potatoes

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Add mutton masala, coriander and remaining 2 tablespoons red chile powder. Max Falkowitz, WSJ, "Flake News: Fresh Coconut Is Delicious," 23 Nov. 2018 Traditional mincemeat contains meat (beef, venison or mutton), suet (a rich, firm beef fat), dried fruits and spices, preserved by copious booze. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "What Your Holiday Table Has Been Missing," 12 Dec. 2018 Chai Chai Chuan Tou Yang Rou Tang, at the Bukit Merah View Food Center, caught Michelin's eye for its mutton soup with chili sauce. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Michelin's 2018 Guide Proves Singapore Street Food Reigns Supreme," 26 July 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce mutton (audio) \

Kids Definition of mutton

: the meat of an adult sheep

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