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



    BrE BrE//miːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//miːt//
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  1. 1   [uncountable, countable] the flesh of an animal or a bird eaten as food; a particular type of this a piece/slice of meat horse meat (= from a horse) dog meat (= for a dog) meat-eating animals There's not much meat on this chop. (figurative, humorous) There’s not much meat on her (= she is very thin). see also luncheon meat, mincemeat, red meat, sausage meat, white meat See related entries: Meat
  2. 2[uncountable] meat (of something) the important or interesting part of something synonym substance This chapter contains the real meat of the writer's argument.
  3. Word OriginOld English mete ‘food’ or ‘article of food’ (as in sweetmeat), of Germanic origin.Extra examples Britain’s meat consumption Do you eat meat? Fry the meat in a little olive oil. He eventually found employment as a meat cutter. I’m not a great meat eater. It was so cold, it was like a meat locker. She always buys the cheaper cuts of meat. Simmer the meat for 30 minutes until tender. That meat smells rotten. The animals do not hunt and rarely consume meat. The meat has gone off. These pies have a low meat content. Turn the meat frequently to brown it. a plate of cold meats chewing on the tough meat recipes for simple meat dishesIdioms (informal) in serious trouble If anyone finds out, you're dead meat.
    meat and drink to somebody
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    something that somebody enjoys very much
    one man’s meat is another man’s poison
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    (saying) used to say that different people like different things; what one person likes very much, another person does not like at all
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