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meat (miːt



  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 (slang), fare, flesh, rations, grub (slang), subsistence, kai (New Zealand) (informal), chow (informal), nosh (slang), 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: meat Meat is the flesh of a dead animal that people cook and eat....cold meat and salad.miːt NOUN
  • Arabic: لـَحْمُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: carne
  • Chinese:
  • Croatian: meso
  • Czech: maso
  • Danish: kød
  • Dutch: vlees
  • European Spanish: carne
  • Finnish: liha
  • French: viande
  • German: Fleisch
  • Greek: κρέας
  • Italian: carne
  • Japanese:
  • Korean: 고기
  • Norwegian: kjøtt
  • Polish: mięso
  • Portuguese: carne
  • Romanian: carne cărnuri
  • Russian: мясо
  • Spanish: carne
  • Swedish: kött
  • Thai: เนื้อ
  • Turkish: etyiyecek
  • Ukrainian: м'ясо
  • Vietnamese: thịt

Example Sentences Including 'meat'

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


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