Meat Definition

The flesh of animals used as food, esp. the flesh of mammals or, often, of fowl.
Webster's New World

The flesh of a person.

Not much meat on her bones.
Webster's New World
Food; esp., solid food, as distinguished from drink.
Webster's New World
The edible, inner part.
The meat of a nut.
Webster's New World
The substance, meaning, or gist.
The meat of a story.
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Origin of Meat

  • 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 𐌼𐌰𐍄𐍃 (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"))

    From Wiktionary

  • Old Irish mess (“animal feed") and Welsh mes (“acorns"), compare English mast (“fodder for swine and other animals"), are probably from the same root.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English mete from Old English food

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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