A plate of sauteed veal.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- the flesh of a young calf, used as food
Origin: Middle English vel from Old French veel from Classical Latin vitellus, little calf, diminutive of vitulus, calf, origin, originally probably yearling; akin to vetus, old: see veteran
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- The meat of a calf.
- also veal·er A calf raised to be slaughtered for food.
Origin: Middle English veel, from Old French, from Latin vitellus, diminutive of vitulus, calf; see wet-2 in Indo-European roots.