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Meaning of meat by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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” ) .


    • enPR: mēt, IPA: /miːt/, X-SAMPA: /mi:t/
    • Rhymes: -iːt
    • Homophone: meet, mete


    meat ( countable and uncountable; plural: meats )

    1. ( now archaic, dialectal ) Food, for animals or humans, especially solid food. See also meat and drink. [from 8th c.]
    2. ( now rare ) A type of food, a dish. [from 9th c.]
    3. ( now archaic ) A meal. [from 9th c.]
      • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew ch. 8:
        And hit cam to passe, thatt Jesus satt at meate in his housse .
    4. ( uncountable ) The flesh of an animal used as food. [from 14th c.]
    5. ( uncountable ) Any relatively thick, solid part of a fruit, nut etc. [from 15th c.]
      The apple looked fine on the outside, but the meat was not very firm .
    6. ( slang ) a penis. [from 16th c.]
    7. ( countable ) A type of meat, by anatomic position and provenance. [from 16th c.]
      The butchery's profit rate on various meats varies greatly
    8. ( colloquial ) The best or most substantial part of something. [from 19th c.]
      We recruited him right from the meat of our competitor .
    9. ( sports ) The sweet spot of a bat or club ( in cricket, golf, baseball etc. ). [from 20th c.]
      He hit it right on the meat of the bat .
    10. A meathead .
      Throw it in here, meat .
    11. ( 豪州用法 Aboriginal ) A totem; metonymy for its owner( s ).

    Usage notes

    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 ) .




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Explanation of meat by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

    2. the flesh of animals ( including fishes and birds and snails ) used as food

    3. the inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stone

    Definition of meat by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. Meat, v. t. To supply with food. [Obs.] Tusser.

      His shield well lined, his horses meated well. Chapman.