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Old English mete, cognate with Old High German maz 'food', Latin madere 'to be wet', Greek μαστός mastos 'wet, breast'





Meat (s)

  1. (now archaic, dialectal) Food, for animals or humans, especially solid food. See also meat and drink. Template:Defdate
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens:
      Your greatest want is, you want much of meat: / Why should you want? Behold, the Earth hath Rootes [...].
  2. (now rare) A type of food, a dish. Template:Defdate
  3. (now archaic) A meal. Template:Defdate
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew ch. 8:
      And hit cam to passe, thatt Jesus satt at meate in his housse.
  4. (uncountable) The flesh of an animal used as food. Template:Defdate
  5. (uncountable) Any relatively thick, solid part of a fruit, nut etc. Template:Defdate
    The apple looked fine on the outside, but the meat was not very firm.
  6. (slang) The penis. Template:Defdate
  7. (countable) A type of meat, by anatomic position and provenance. Template:Defdate
    The butchery's profit rate on various meats varies greatly
  8. (colloquial) The best or most substantial part of something. Template:Defdate
    We recruited him right from the meat of our competitor.
  9. Template:Sports The sweet spot of a bat or club (in cricket, golf, baseball etc.). Template:Defdate
    He hit it right on the meat of the bat.
  10. A meathead.
    Throw it in here, meat.
  11. (Australian Aboriginal) A totem; metonymy for its owner(s).
    • 1949, Oceania, Vol. XX
      When a stranger comes to an aboriginal camp or settlement in north-western NSW, he is asked by one of the older aborigines: "What meat (clan) are you?"
    • 1973, M. Fennel & A. Grey, Nucoorilma
      Granny Sullivan was ‘dead against’ the match at first because they did not know "what my meat was and because I was a bit on the fair side."
    • 1977, A. K. Eckermann, Group Organisation and Identity
      Some people maintained that she was "sung" because her family had killed or eaten the "meat" (totem) of another group.
    • 1992, P. Taylor Tell it Like it Is
      Our family […] usually married the red kangaroo "meat".
    • 1993, J. Janson, Gunjies
      That’s a beautiful goanna. […]. He’s my meat, can’t eat him.

Usage notes[]

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).


  • flesh
  • See also Wikisaurus:meat


  • drink

Derived terms[]


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  • aemt,
  • mate, maté
  • meta, Meta
  • tame
  • team




  1. third-person singular present Template:Conjugation tag act indicative of meō.

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