: the protuberance through which milk is drawn from an udder or breast : nipple
: a small projection or a nib (as on a mechanical part)
ˈti-təd How to pronounce teat (audio)

Examples of teat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carlos Rodriguez squeezes a cow’s teat to check the quality of the milk coming out of it. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2024 Dairy farm workers typically express milk by hand from cow teats before attaching milking equipment. Lena H. Sun, Washington Post, 3 July 2024 Other workers have chronic pain from the repetitive motions of attaching tubes to cow teats hundreds of times a day. Maryam Jameel, ProPublica, 3 June 2024 A lot of those cattle are still alive but the hooves are burned off, the teats on their udders are burned off. Anna Betts, New York Times, 29 Feb. 2024 In the initial stages of its life, a baby kangaroo, known as a joey, faces the crucial task of maneuvering through its mother's fur to reach and secure itself onto a teat within the pouch. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 30 Jan. 2024 Colleges won’t need donors - just endless access to the federal teat. Neetu Arnold, National Review, 20 Oct. 2023 The firm that stands out among those fattening themselves off the taxpayer teat is Amazon, which has taken in nearly $10.4 billion in federal contracts, according to the IPS. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 6 Oct. 2023 Then, a calf, clearly exhausted, dropped onto its knees to nurse from its mother’s teat. Jackie Caradonio, Travel + Leisure, 21 Sep. 2023

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Word History


Middle English tete, teet "nipple of a human or animal, woman's breast," borrowed from Anglo-French tete (also continental Old French), either borrowed from West Germanic *tittōn- or an independent Romance formation, both of nursery origin — more at tit entry 1

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of teat was in the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Teat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teat. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the part of a breast or udder through which milk is drawn : nipple

Medical Definition


: the protuberance through which milk is drawn from an udder or breast : nipple

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