- enPR: mēt, IPA: /miːt/, X-SAMPA: /mi:t/
- Rhymes: -iːt
- Homophone: meet, mete
- ( now archaic, dialectal ) Food, for animals or humans, especially solid food. See also meat and drink. [from 8th c.]
- 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew XXV:
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.8:
- 1623, William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens:
- 1936, Djuna Barnes, Nightwood, Faber & Faber 2007, p. 13:
- ( now rare ) A type of food, a dish. [from 9th c.]
- ( now archaic ) A meal. [from 9th c.]
- ( uncountable ) The flesh of an animal used as food. [from 14th c.]
- ( uncountable ) Any relatively thick, solid part of a fruit, nut etc. [from 15th c.]
- ( slang ) a penis. [from 16th c.]
- 1993, Nancy Friday, Women on top: how real life has changed women's sexual fantasies, page 538
- 2006 John Patrick, Play Hard, Score Big, page 54
- 2006, John Patrick, Lover Boys, page 169
- 2011, Wade Wright, Two Straight Guys, page 41
- ( countable ) A type of meat, by anatomic position and provenance. [from 16th c.]
- ( colloquial ) The best or most substantial part of something. [from 19th c.]
- ( sports ) The sweet spot of a bat or club ( in cricket, golf, baseball etc. ). [from 20th c.]
- A meathead .
- ( 豪州用法 Aboriginal ) A totem; metonymy for its owner( s ).
- 1949, Oceania, Vol. XX
- 1973, M. Fennel & A. Grey, Nucoorilma
- 1977, A. K. Eckermann, Group Organisation and Identity
- 1992, P. Taylor Tell it Like it Is
- 1993, J. Janson, Gunjies
- mate, maté
- meta, Meta
From Old English mete, cognate with Frisian mete, Old Saxon meti, Old High German maz ( “food” ), Old Icelandic matr, Gothic mats, from a Proto-Germanic *matiz. A -ja- derivation from the same base is found in Middle Dutch and Middle Low German met "lean pork", whence Modern Low German Mett "minced meat" ( whence 16th c. German Mettwurst, a kind of sausage )
Probably cognate with Old Irish mess "animal feed", Welsh mes "acorns". The further etymology is uncertain. Some suggest derivation from a Indo-European verb base cognate with Latin madere ( “to be wet” ), Greek μαστός ( mastos, “wet, breast” ) .
The meaning "flesh of an animal used as food" is often understood to exclude fish and other seafood. For example, the rules for abstaining from meat in the Roman Catholic Church do not extend to fish; likewise, some people who consider themselves vegetarians also eat fish ( though the more precise term for such a person is pescetarian ) .
Explanation of meat by Wordnet Dictionary
- Meat ( mēt ), n. [OE. mete, AS. mete; akin to OS. mat, meti, D. met hashed meat, G. mettwurst sausage, OHG. maz food, Icel. matr, Sw. mat, Dan. mad, Goth. mats. Cf. Mast fruit, Mush.]
1. Food, in general; anything eaten for nourishment, either by man or beast. Hence, the edible part of anything; as, “the meat of a lobster, a nut, or an egg”. Chaucer.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, . . . to you it shall be for meat. Gen. i. 29.
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you. Gen. ix. 3.
2. The flesh of animals used as food; esp., animal muscle; as, “a breakfast of bread and fruit without meat”.
3. Specifically: Dinner; the chief meal. [Obs.] Chaucer.
Meat biscuit. See under Biscuit. -- Meat earth ( Mining ), vegetable mold. Raymond. -- Meat fly. ( Zool. ) See Flesh fly, under Flesh. -- Meat offering ( Script. ), an offering of food, esp. of a cake made of flour with salt and oil. -- To go to meat, to go to a meal. [Obs.] -- To sit at meat, to sit at the table in taking food.
- Meat, v. t. To supply with food. [Obs.] Tusser.
His shield well lined, his horses meated well. Chapman.
Definition of meat by GCIDE Dictionary