ven·​i·​son | \ˈve-nə-sən also -zən, British usually ˈven-zən\
plural venisons also venison

Definition of venison 

: the edible flesh of a game animal and especially a deer

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Her mother’s freezer was filled with fresh venison from her latest October kill. Eli Saslow, Washington Post, "After school shootings, a teenager challenges the gun culture in her conservative Wyoming town," 18 May 2018 Pork is usually mixed into the venison to keep it moist, juicy and flavorful. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "Want a venison sausage recipe? Too bad. It’s all a secret," 19 Mar. 2018 The harvested venison will be donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "15 deer killed in first two days of cull at U-M Dearborn; hunt resumes Wednesday," 26 Feb. 2018 Last season, the group collected 108 does, donating much of the venison to food pantries. Lara Korte, WSJ, "Long Islanders Take Shelter From Tick Threat This Summer," 1 July 2018 Enjoy free venison burgers, chips and soda until they're gone beginning at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 17 in downtown Tomahawk. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wine and cheese sampling in a cave and more to do around Wisconsin," 12 Nov. 2017 Don’t miss the house charcuterie platter (sourced from their nearby sandwich-charcuterie shop, Swine & Sons), which included unusual finds like venison salami and good duck ham. Craig Laban,, "Orlando's best dining thrills are outside the parks," 22 June 2018 Sanctions also mean top-end restaurants, particularly in Moscow, have started reimagining obscure Russian dishes, working with meats like boar, venison and even bear. James Ellingworth, Fox News, "Dining Russian-style at the World Cup," 7 June 2018 Dinner specials include fried oysters, venison sausage and smoked duck. Anna Muckerman,, "Father's Day dining specials on the menu in the Baltimore area," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of venison

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for venison

Middle English venisoun "game animal, meat of a game animal," borrowed from Anglo-French veneisun, going back to Latin vēnātiōn-, vēnātiō "hunting, game animals," from vēnārī "to go hunting, hunt" (probably derivative of a nominal stem *wēn- "hunting, of the hunt," lengthened-grade derivative of a verbal stem *wen- "wish, desire") + -tiōn-, tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at venus

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English Language Learners Definition of venison

: the meat of a deer


ven·​i·​son | \ˈve-nə-sən, -zən\

Kids Definition of venison

: the meat of a deer used for food

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