\ ˈvēl \

Definition of veal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the flesh of a young calf
2 : calf especially : vealer


vealed; vealing; veals

Definition of veal (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to kill and dress (a calf) for veal

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veal 1: A wholesale cuts: 1 leg, 2 loin, 3 flank, 4 rib, 5 breast, 6 shoulder, 7 shank; B retail cuts: 1 hind shank, 2 heel of round, 3 round, 4 rump roast, 5 sirloin steak, 6 loin chops, 7 kidney chops, 8 flank, 9 breast, 10 rib roast, 11 blade steak, 12 arm steak, 13 shoulder roast, 14 foreshank

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The night drew on, and the courses kept coming, each fancier than the next—red mullet with Provence artichokes and argan oil, veal fillet mignon with a thin tian tart. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Royal Night Out with Prince Albert, Princess Charlene, and Seal," 30 July 2018 Everybody should stop having reporters penned up like veal in the back of those things for the president to use as a prop and then some of the reporters then exploit that for their own personal benefit. Fox News, "Police say they may never know Las Vegas shooter's motive," 3 Aug. 2018 Think veal tongue stewed in cherry and morel sauce, or spelt wheat porridge with omul caviar and smoked sour cream. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Restaurants with a View," 10 May 2016 California’s Proposition 12 establishes minimum space requirements for egg-laying chickens, calves raised for veal, and pregnant pigs. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "California and Florida both pass animal welfare laws by a landslide," 7 Nov. 2018 Spinach had life of its own, as did lentils, also chicken, veal, pork, beef and lamb. John Kass,, "The Greek Easter lamb debate: Head on or off?," 6 Apr. 2018 Among them is California, where voters agreed to phase out the crates along with chicken cages and veal crates starting in 2015. Colleen Slevin, The Seattle Times, "Undercover video shows pig abuse but also common practices," 30 July 2018 Pour in the veal or chicken stock and the cherry juice to barely cover the meat. Bill St. John,, "How to cook without alcohol but get the same flavors," 25 Apr. 2018 The sauce should be thick and the veal tender and nearly falling off the bone. Tyler Florence, House Beautiful, "Tyler Florence's Recipe for California Osso Buco with Kumquat-Cranberry Gremolata," 6 Jan. 2011

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First Known Use of veal


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for veal


Middle English veel, borrowed from Anglo-French, "calf, veal," going back to Latin vitellus "small calf," diminutive of vitulus "calf"; akin to Greek hétalon "yearling," Old English wether "ram" — more at wether

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English Language Learners Definition of veal

: the meat of a young cow (called a calf) that is used for food


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Kids Definition of veal

: the meat of a young calf used for food

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