Definition of meat in English:


Syllabification: meat
Pronunciation: /mēt


  • 1The flesh of an animal (especially a mammal) as food: pieces of meat assorted meats place meat and poultry in the refrigerator immediately [as modifier]: meat sandwiches
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    • The principal meats were pork, beef, mutton, and sometimes freshwater fish taken from the river.
    • The highly processed food and low-quality meats affect the health, both physical and mental, of everyone here.
    • He could smell the meats and the foods cooking on the hot plates above him, and he felt his stomach growl.
  • 1.1The flesh of a person’s body: this’ll put meat on your bones!
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    • His body had practically no meat on his bones, but he walked with enough spring in his step for a youth.
    • Maeve was thankful though that he had some meat on his body even though it was little and he always looked deathly sick.
    • Where once his frame seemed to safeguard her, she now felt that she had more meat on her body than he did.
  • 1.2North American The edible part of fruits or nuts.
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    • Her face was screwed up in a comical expression of extreme disgust that soon changed to a sheepish grin as she saw that the fruit's meat lay exposed just under the rind.
    • Greedily he bit into the flesh of the fruit, the meat bursting into liquid.
  • 1.3 (the meat of) The essence or chief part of something: he did the meat of the climb on the first day
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    • Disc Two is where the meat of the supplements is featured.
    • They are dialogue-heavy, but they are laying the groundwork for the real meat of the film.
    substance, pith, marrow, heart, kernel, core, nucleus, nub, essence, essentials, gist, fundamentals, basics
    informal nitty-gritty


be meat and drink to

  • 1Be a source of great pleasure to: meat and drink to me, this life is!
  • 2Be a routine matter or task for: he should be meat and drink to the English defense
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    • That would be meat and drink to a side of Drighlington's standing.
    • This task you have set is meat and drink to me, Silver, let me be.
    • Conclusions like this will be meat and drink to undergraduates.

meat and potatoes

North American Ordinary but fundamental things; basic ingredients: the club’s meat and potatoes remains blues performers
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  • Of course the real meat and potatoes here is the gameplay.
  • So now, we get down to the meat and potatoes of his problem.
  • Of course, the meat and potatoes of the game are its many quests and the often-connected spells that Harry acquires as a result.

one man's meat is another man's poison

proverb Things liked or enjoyed by one person may be distasteful to another.
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  • These very different concepts require very different musical interpretations, and one man's meat is another man's poison.
  • It is not so much that one man's meat is another man's poison as it is that one man's poison is another man's poison.
  • It cuts both ways and one man's meat is another man's poison.



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  • Going meatless a few times a week - or even once a week - can be beneficial.
  • Dogs can enjoy a meatless diet because they can synthesize some necessary nutrients that cats need to get from their food.
  • But if you want to be more daring, a whole world of meatless cuisine is out there.


Old English mete 'food' or 'article of food' (as in sweetmeat), of Germanic origin.

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