ven·​i·​son ˈve-nə-sən How to pronounce venison (audio)
 also  -zən,
 British usually  ˈven-zən
plural venisons also venison
: the edible flesh of a game animal and especially a deer

Examples of venison in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The chili consists of ground chuck or lean venison, tomato paste, a rich stock, and ale beer. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 13 Sep. 2023 Prognosis is that cheese and venison sausage will be abundant this season! Daniel Kohn, Spin, 6 Sep. 2023 Hunters are encouraged to get their deer tested for CWD to help provide data on prevalence of the disease as well as information to families concerned with eating CWD-positive venison. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 13 Aug. 2023 Alpha-gal is a sugar found in meat from mammals (pork, beef, rabbit, lamb, venison, etc.) and products made from mammals (e.g., gelatin, cow’s milk, milk products, some pharmaceuticals). Saman Shafiq, USA TODAY, 28 July 2023 Try appetizers, like escargot a la Provencal, pork dumplings and venison cigar rolls with maple horseradish aioli, and entrees such as the Thai haddock with coconut curry sauce, brie and bacon chicken, or a classic bistro steak. Pamela Wright,, 4 May 2023 The hard-running honeymooners were also racing toward a dinner of venison noodles and a couple’s massage. Stuart Condie,, 30 Apr. 2023 The food is traditional — lentil stew, venison goulash and eggs in mustard sauce — and is made using local produce; the wine comes mostly from German vintners, and there are beers on tap. Gisela Williams Jenn Pelly Nikki Shaner-Bradford Monica Mendal Abigail Glasgow Angela Koh, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2023 Lasseter mentions some shops that make custom tamales with venison meat brought in by customers. Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Venison.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


ven·​i·​son ˈven-ə-sən How to pronounce venison (audio)
 also  -ə-zən
: the flesh of a deer used as food

Middle English venison "the flesh of a game animal hunted for food," from early French veneisun "flesh of hunted animals, venison," from Latin venation-, venatio, "hunting," from venari "to hunt"

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