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 Whether it’s beef, pork, chicken or venison, meat cooked on a grill at hunting camp always seems tastier than when cooked at home. Field & Stream, "Three Things To Consider When Buying A Grill For Hunting Camp," 20 Nov. 2020 The men led a venison processing class last winter at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center in Horicon. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Do-it-yourself deer processing is gaining popularity for all sorts of reasons," 14 Nov. 2020 Dark beer and venison give this rib-sticking stew a sweet and earthy flavor. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Venison Irish Stew," 11 Nov. 2020 Readers will learn how wide and rich the food rooted in Africa can be, from the use of venison to pine nut chutney to roti. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Chef Marcus Samuelsson celebrates the variety of Black food," 2 Nov. 2020 Transfer the venison and bacon to a heavy Dutch oven, and set aside. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Venison Bourguignon," 11 Nov. 2020 Last year, Hunters Sharing the Harvest received a record 160,000 pounds of venison, producing over 822,000 meals for the hungry. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Pennsylvania hunters asked to donate deer to help feed those in need," 11 Nov. 2020 Also featured in the West Coast rollout are Silver Fern’s ground and medallion cuts of venison. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Restaurant Week revival aims to aid struggling businesses," 10 Nov. 2020 Lean venison is cooked to keep its ruddy hue in a cast-iron skillet, finished with thyme, garlic and butter and sliced to form a circle around nutty-tasting wild rice and sauteed mushrooms. Washington Post, "A reopened Marcel’s reminds me that fine dining, especially now, is about more than food," 6 Nov. 2020

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

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26 Nov 2020

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“Venison.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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