Definition of beef noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//biːf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//biːf//
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  1. 1   [uncountable] meat that comes from a cow roast/minced beef beef and dairy cattle a joint/fillet of beef see also chipped beef, corned beef See related entries: Meat
  2. 2[countable] (informal) a complaint What's his latest beef?
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French boef, from Latin bos, bov- ‘ox’.Extra examples Dad stood up to carve the beef. a kilo of very lean minced beef carving a joint of beef cuts of beef that are suitable for roasting
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: beef