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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

In the meaning defined above

Examples of veal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Known for authentic Italian food, Romano’s Macaroni Grill served pasta, veal, seafood, steaks, roasted chicken, pizza baked in wood-burning ovens, soups and desserts. William Thornton |, al, "Longtime Summit restaurant closes," 8 Nov. 2019 Still, global consumption of beef and veal is set to rise in the next decade according to projections from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "The Amazon is burning because the world eats so much meat," 23 Aug. 2019 Old Town Serbian Gourmet Restaurant — Stuffed veal breast and other specials join the full menu from 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 24 and 25. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee-area restaurants open on Christmas: The 2019 edition," 5 Dec. 2019 Jack’s flattened veal was savory and crisp — good enough. Jane Smiley, New York Times, "Jane Smiley on What St. Louis Tells Us About America," 14 Oct. 2019 Signs of spring surround veal sweetbreads sautéed to a precise snap: fava beans, pea tendrils and rhubarb compote flavored with only enough port to tease out the sweet-bitter elements. Bill Addison,, "Is Spago relevant? Our critic talks through three (very different) recent meals," 27 June 2019 Don't expect a thin piece of pounded veal with a crumbly, breaded coating; this is a huge portion. Marc Bona, cleveland, "The Palazzo quickly finds receptive home on Cleveland’s West Side," 29 Nov. 2019 The prize of the cold mezze, aside from the colorful spreads, is poached veal tongue, rosy slices of which are glossed with olive oil and freckled with Maras pepper, bright red and warm on the tongue. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Agora adds mezze and other Middle Eastern charms to McLean," 23 Oct. 2019 Five pastas are made in-house daily, there are separate vegan and gluten-free menus, and the large plates menu includes his modernist twists on veal Milanese and chicken saltimbocca. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Newspaper’s history celebrated at Blade 1936 restaurant in Oceanside," 25 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of veal was in the 14th century

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3 Jan 2020

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“Veal.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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