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meat (miːt Pronunciation for meat



  1. the flesh of mammals used as food, as distinguished from that of birds and fish
  2. anything edible, esp flesh with the texture of meat   ⇒ crab meat
  3. food, as opposed to drink
  4. the essence or gist
  5. an archaic word for meal1
  6. See meat and drink

  7. See have one's meat and one's manners

Derived Forms

ˈmeatless adjective

Word Origin

Old English mete; related to Old High German maz food, Old Saxon meti, Gothic mats


View thesaurus entry
= food, provisions, nourishment, sustenance, eats, fare, flesh, rations, grub, subsistence, kai, chow, nosh, victuals, comestibles, provender, nutriment, viands, aliment

Quotations including 'meat'

  • "If you knew how meat was made, you'd probably lose your lunch. I'm from cattle country. That's why I became a vegetarian" [K. D. Lang]
  • "The nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat"

Translations for 'meat'

  • British English: meatPronunciation for meat Meat is the flesh of a dead animal that people cook and eat....cold meat and salad.miːt NOUN
  • Arabic: لـَحْمُPronunciation for لـَحْمُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: carnePronunciation for carne
  • Chinese: Pronunciation for 肉
  • Croatian: mesoPronunciation for meso
  • Czech: masoPronunciation for maso
  • Danish: kødPronunciation for kød
  • Dutch: vleesPronunciation for vlees
  • European Spanish: carnePronunciation for carne
  • Finnish: lihaPronunciation for liha
  • French: viandePronunciation for viande
  • German: FleischPronunciation for Fleisch
  • Greek: κρέαςPronunciation for κρέας
  • Italian: carnePronunciation for carne
  • Japanese: Pronunciation for 肉
  • Korean: 고기Pronunciation for 고기
  • Norwegian: kjøttPronunciation for kjøtt
  • Polish: mięsoPronunciation for mięso
  • Portuguese: carnePronunciation for carne
  • Romanian: carne cărnuri
  • Russian: мясоPronunciation for мясо
  • Spanish: carnePronunciation for carne
  • Swedish: köttPronunciation for kött
  • Thai: เนื้อPronunciation for เนื้อ
  • Turkish: etPronunciation for etyiyecek
  • Ukrainian: м'ясо
  • Vietnamese: thịtPronunciation for thịt

Example Sentences Including 'meat'

At the meat counter, there's an entire piglet's carcass lying among sausages.
Mark Burnell CHAMELEON (2002)
But if you or anyone else touches me, Bas, you're dead meat.
Anita Anderson SOMEBODY (2002)
Some strange metal prongs which seemed darkened at their tips by --- she sniffed --- meat juices.
Nicola Barker BEHINDLINGS (2002)


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