Definition of venison
: the edible flesh of a game animal and especially a deer
Recent Examples of venison from the Web
Bacon pancetta jerky ball tip biltong, swine venison ham pork loin tri-tip.
This year’s Taste of the Wild Cookout will feature that American favorite prepared with a decidedly wilder twist—with venison—and served with lemonade.
This was because deer was the most common thing to hunt during the time of the invasion and venison was the name for any animal that was hunted.
In a normal year, the high school teacher and his family eat venison from three deer.
Some folks in Oregon might not want to ask, when served an elk burger or a venison steak, where the meat came from.
The same menu is available in the bar, along with extra items geared toward a lounge, such as chicken wings and venison meatballs with blackberry chutney.
Chef JP Holland, who takes a creative twist on fine dining at his restaurant, uses venison for the café’s signature burger.
My parents describe professors who were warm and friendly, who shared a haunch of venison or a string of trout (both terrifying to a South Indian woman who barely knew how to cook and had to mail order spices from New York).
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
VENISON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of venison for English Language Learners
: the meat of a deer
VENISON Defined for Kids
Definition of venison for Students
: the meat of a deer used for food
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