\ ˈvēl How to pronounce veal (audio) \

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 The court’s action casts some doubt on the future of the state measure, which has forced major changes in the egg and veal industries. Justin Raystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 One is Vitello Tonnato, aka veal covered in tuna cream. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Dinner entrees include lamb, ham, prime rib, veal and shrimp saltimbocca, mahi mahi, pasta primavera, chicken picatta, scallops, filet mignon, salmon, lobster risotto, chicken and sausage rigatoni and a pork chop. Susan Dunne,, 28 Mar. 2022 Thin slices of blushing veal dolloped with mayonnaise-rich tuna sauce is lit with lemon, anchovy and fried capers, the last of which delivers a nice pop amid the softness. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 Beef and veal had the largest increase and fresh vegetables the smallest. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 5 Apr. 2022 Beef and veal had the largest increase and fresh vegetables the smallest. Susan Selasky, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2022 The measure, which remains partly on hold because of legal challenges, established minimum standards for cages that hold breeding pigs, egg-laying hens and veal calves. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Mar. 2022 That's how much the price of beef and veal rose between January 2021 and January 2022, according to the latest Producer Price Index. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 16 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 See More

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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 meat of a young calf used for food

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