ven·​i·​son | \ ˈve-nə-sən How to pronounce venison (audio) also -zən, British usually ˈven-zən \
plural venisons also venison

Definition of venison

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

Examples of venison in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My process is driven by health experts' advice to not consume venison from CWD-positive animals. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Nov. 2021 Since Beatrice is in the thick of prime deer-hunting country, though, the Monroe Meat Co. started processing venison during deer season, which helped keep the business afloat. Bob Carlton |, al, 6 Oct. 2021 The venison is prepared and distributed to the needy through local food pantries. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 26 Oct. 2021 People hunt for varying reasons, from bagging a trophy rack to getting a freezer full of venison to simply reconnecting with family and friends. Doug Donnelly, Detroit Free Press, 30 Sep. 2021 There is no evidence of deer dying or humans contracting the coronavirus from eating venison. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2021 Add the venison and saute until browned on all sides. Paul Stephen,, 11 Nov. 2020 The change left many hunters cutting and packaging their own venison. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, 26 Dec. 2020 Add venison, stirring to break up meat and cook through. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 Mar. 2021

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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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“Venison.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of venison

: the meat of a deer


ven·​i·​son | \ ˈve-nə-sən How to pronounce venison (audio) , -zən \

Kids Definition of venison

: the meat of a deer used for food

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