\ 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 Add 1 pound ground veal and 1 pound ground pork and stir until browned. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Rancho Loma expands: How a self-taught chef is building a low-key restaurant empire in West Texas," 21 Dec. 2020 The meat filling, typically a combination of ground pork and beef or veal, is generously spiced, almost like country pâté. Jessica Battilana,, "This savory meat pie is a cheery indulgence for Christmas Eve," 18 Dec. 2020 Stews and braises: Make your favorite stew or braise — beef, lamb, veal, chicken. James P. Dewan,, "You’ve mastered bone broth. Now turn it into glace — cubes of unparalleled deliciousness that will transform any dish.," 25 Sep. 2020 The rich keep getting richer, but there’s been no corresponding spike in sales of historically gouty luxury foods like veal and foie gras; if anything, their appeal has waned with increasing concerns about the ethics of producing them. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Once the Disease of Gluttonous Aristocrats, Gout Is Now Tormenting the Masses," 13 Nov. 2020 The menu of traditional Italian dishes includes cannelloni are filled with ground veal and spinach and baked in red and white sauces. Will Coviello,, "Gambit's 2020 Fall Dining Guide: Where to eat in the New Orleans area amid new reopening phase," 12 Oct. 2020 Since reopening for full service in September, locals long acquainted with that chicken — and the smothered veal and the white beans — can usually walk right in and sit down. Ian Mcnulty,, "As more New Orleans restaurants reopen, all hopes are pinned on local diners," 13 Oct. 2020 Big, gruesome bones like beef or veal will take 8 to 12 hours, chicken bones — smaller but no less macabre — 2 to 4 hours. James P. Dewan,, "You’ve mastered bone broth. Now turn it into glace — cubes of unparalleled deliciousness that will transform any dish.," 25 Sep. 2020 Ground beef, veal , pork and lamb should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Bagged peaches sold at Aldi stores recalled for salmonella," 22 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week is back! Here's a list of all those cheap eats," 24 Sep. 2020

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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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“Veal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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