Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The edible flesh of animals, especially that of mammals as opposed to that of fish or poultry.
  • n. The edible part, as of a piece of fruit or a nut.
  • n. The essence, substance, or gist: the meat of the editorial.
  • n. Slang Something that one enjoys or excels in; a forte: Tennis is his meat.
  • n. Nourishment; food: "Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink” ( Edna St. Vincent Millay).
  • n. Vulgar Slang The human body regarded as an object of sexual desire.
  • n. Vulgar Slang The genitals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A meathead.
  • n. A totem; metonymy for its owner(s).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Food, in general; anything eaten for nourishment, either by man or beast. Hence, the edible part of anything.
  • n. The flesh of animals used as food; esp., animal muscle.
  • n. Dinner; the chief meal.
  • transitive v. To supply with food.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Food in general; nourishment of any kind.
  • n. Solid food of any kind: as, meat and drink.
  • n. The flesh of warm-blooded animals ordinarily killed for food; butcher-meat; flesh-meat: as, to abstain from meat but eat fish on Friday: in a narrower sense, the flesh of mammals used for food: as, to prefer meat to fowl or fish; bear-meat; deer-meat.
  • n. The edible part of something: as, the meat of an egg, of a nut, or of a shell-fish: sometimes with a plural: as, the meats of nuts or of oysters.
  • n. The taking of food or a meal; the act of eating meat, in the original sense of the word: as. grace before meat.
  • n. Dinner.
  • n. An animal or animals collectively, as used or hunted for food: as, to kill meat for an exploring party. [Local.]
  • n. Meat which must be well cooked, leaving no trace of bloodiness, as veal.
  • To supply with food; feed.
  • An obsolete spelling of meet.
  • n. plural The trade-name for cottonseed from which the remains of fiber (‘lint’) and husk (‘hulls’) have been removed and which is ready for crushing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
  • n. the inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stone
  • n. the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food

Etymologies

Middle English mete, from Old English, food.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English mete, 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")) (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • JM knows that red meat is not bad for you – it’s the fuzzy green meat that’s bad for you.

    July 17, 2011

  • *buries head*

    September 7, 2008

  • Are veggies the cents to the meat's dollar?

    Depending on your view of meat, this page is quite funny and/or horrifying with image search turned on. I'm having a renewed flirtation with image search in general, since rediscovering it while poking around c_b's dinosaurology lists.

    September 7, 2008

  • The unit of currency for the Kingdom of Loathing MMORPG.

    September 7, 2008