\ 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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Sweetbreads with creamy white insides were fried to a pale, crinkled gold, then served with a brown, French, lovely and anachronistic sauce made from veal jus and crayfish. New York Times, "It’s Not Fake French, It’s Frenchette," 10 July 2018 Maccapani recommends a spring vegetable stew and veal meatballs with cherry tomatoes. Mary Dellas, The Cut, "Recipes From Fashion’s Favorite Family Dinner Party," 26 Apr. 2018 Come lunchtime, secure a spot at neighborhood joint Le Saint-Jacques, a family-run restaurant that dishes out housemade, unpretentious Italian and French dishes in a way that actually works—think veal meatballs and manicotti next to duck confit. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Montréal, Canada," 16 Apr. 2018 Getto, the restaurant critic for the Milwaukee Journal and Journal Sentinel, said the restaurant was known for its veal, chicken and pastas. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Renowned restaurateur Arthur Maniaci brought tastes of Italy to Fox Point," 19 June 2018 The menu includes all the hits — pasta, veal, seafood, pizza and an assortment of desserts. Ben Brazil,, "Roma D'Italia, an Old Town Tustin mainstay, is still the pride of the Corea family," 31 May 2018 Diners can move on to entrees including generous fish, chicken, veal and beef dishes. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look: New Carmelo’s is on its way to new greatness," 4 Apr. 2018 The male calves are useless, so the veal industry was created to take advantage. Vikki Ortiz,, "Animal activist brings vegan pop-up dinner to a meat-and-potatoes city," 20 June 2018 Uncertainty can drive foreign buyers to seek alternative suppliers, said Dan Halstrom, chief executive of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, which develops markets for U.S. beef, pork, lamb and veal. Benjamin Parkin, WSJ, "Mexico and Canada Add to Nations Striking Fear in U.S. Farmers," 6 June 2018

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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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