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

Illustration of veal

Illustration of veal
  • A wholesale cuts


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vealed; vealing; veals

transitive verb

: to kill and dress (a calf) for veal

Examples of veal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The soup is finished with sweet Maui onions caramelized in butter and some veal stock. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 19 Feb. 2024 Try carpaccio appetizer and beautiful homemade pasta, plus veal dishes. Miami Herald Archives, Miami Herald, 8 Feb. 2024 The menu’s filled with elevated takes on Italian classics, like rustic bruschetta, rich pasta alla carbonara, lemony veal cutlets or the rotating ravioli of the day. Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 19 Mar. 2024 Or a bowl of French onion soup whose deep flavor comes from veal and duck stocks. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2024 Meat offerings include a wide variety of cuts from beef, lamb, veal and chicken and are priced according to quantity. Roger Sands, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2024 Lamb, veal and fish are available to order, but the star of the show are dry-aged cuts of beef. Sam Burros, Peoplemag, 17 Sep. 2023 Served with spaghetti, Visconti’s famous garlic bread and minestrone soup or a simple salad (a mustardy Italian dressing goes well over greens), the veal’s delicate flavor still somehow managed to seep through. Benjy Egel, Sacramento Bee, 22 Feb. 2024 Letters, like the one written in 1795 by Massachusetts Rep. Theophilus Bradbury, reveal the volume of food produced under Posey’s command, like roast beef, veal, turkey, duck, puddings and jellies. Ramin Ganeshram, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2024
Within that category, meats overall dropped 0.9% — with beef and veal down 2%, pork chops 1.1% cheaper and hot dogs falling 1.5%. Danielle Wiener-Bronner, CNN, 12 Jan. 2022 April of last year, Ramirez introduced takeout, eschewing a tasting-menu model in favor of a la carte dishes like chicken soup with truffles and foie gras, and veal shank with fingerling potatoes. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 2 Nov. 2021 Enjoy tonight with a range of foods from halibut to veal medallions or drink in another 5-7 years. Tom Hyland, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 It’s not a stretch to say that the Ragu ($21), a rich combination of pork, beef, and veal with tagliatelle in a thick tomato sauce, has sustained my spirits during the pandemic. Globe Staff,, 2 Mar. 2021 There’s squash and eggplant casserole, and veal bratwurst with warm potato salad, and skillet cornbread with sorghum butter — all of which can be ordered to go. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 1 Feb. 2021 From duck leg confit to veal short rib ravioli, key lime pie and a poke tuna rice bowl, Cincinnati Restaurant Week has options for everyone. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, 24 Sep. 2020

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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1901, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Veal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a young calf or its flesh for use as meat

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