- Meat is defined as a food that comes from mammals, or hair-covered animals that feed their young milk.
An example of meat is a steak.
- The definition of meat is the inside of something or the part that has the most value or interest.
- An example of meat is the edible part of a walnut.
- An example of meat is the good part of a story.
- Meat is vulgar slang for a person’s body, in a strictly sexual view.
An example of meat is how a woman might describe her younger boyfriend.
These steaks are meat.
- food; esp., solid food, as distinguished from drink: now archaic or dialectal except in
- the flesh of animals used as food; esp., the flesh of mammals and, sometimes, of fowl
- Informal the flesh () of a person: not much meat on her bones
- the edible, inner part: the meat of a nut
- the substance, meaning, or gist: the meat of a story
- one's quarry
- Archaic a meal, esp. dinner
Origin of meatMiddle English mete ; from Old English ; from Germanic an unverified form mad-, food, meat ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mad-, to be moist, trickle from source mast, Classical Greek mastos, breast
- The edible flesh of animals, especially that of mammals as opposed to that of fish or poultry.
- The edible part, as of a piece of fruit or a nut.
- The essence, substance, or gist: the meat of the editorial.
- Slang Something that one enjoys or excels in; a forte: Tennis is his meat.
- Nourishment; food: “Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink” (Edna St. Vincent Millay).
- Vulgar Slang a. The human body regarded as an object of sexual desire.b. The genitals.
Origin of meatMiddle English mete, from Old English, food.
(countable and uncountable, plural meats)
- (now archaic, dialectal) Food, for animals or humans, especially solid food. See also meat and drink. [from 8th c.]
- (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.]
- Is that meat halal to eat?
- (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.
- (slang) a penis. [from 16th c.]
- (countable) A type of meat, by anatomic position and provenance. [from 16th c.]
- The butchery's profit rate on various meats varies greatly
- (colloquial) The best or most substantial part of something. [from 16th c.]
- We recruited him right from the meat of our competitor.
- (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.
- A meathead.
- Throw it in here, meat.
- (Australian Aboriginal) A totem, or (by metonymy) a clan or clansman which uses it.
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).
From Middle English mete, from Old English mete (“meat, food”), from Proto-Germanic *matiz (“food”), from Proto-Indo-European *mad- (“to drip, ooze; grease, fat”). 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”))