Use meat to mean any food that comes from the flesh of an animal. Bacon is meat. Cupcakes are not meat.

You can refer to hamburgers, pork chops, and barbecued ribs as meat. It's okay to call chicken and turkey meat too, although formally it's known as poultry, while the flesh of fish is simply called fish. Sometimes the edible part of a nut is also called meat, although it's 100 percent vegetarian. If your grandmother thinks you're too skinny, she may feed you "to put some meat on your bones." In Old English, mete was just "food."

Definitions of meat

n the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food

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stew meat
tough meat that needs stewing to be edible
bird, fowl
the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food
the flesh of wild animals that is used for food
dark meat
the flesh of the legs of fowl used as food
raw meat
uncooked meat
red meat
meat that is dark in color before cooking (as beef, venison, lamb, mutton)
organs, variety meat
edible viscera of a butchered animal
cut, cut of meat
a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass
cold cuts
sliced assorted cold meats
beef, boeuf
meat from an adult domestic bovine
a piece of meat (or fish) that has been scored and broiled
(Islam) meat from animals that have been slaughtered in the prescribed way according to the shariah
jerk, jerked meat, jerky
meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun
pemican, pemmican
lean dried meat pounded fine and mixed with melted fat; used especially by North American Indians
veal, veau
meat from a calf
horseflesh, horsemeat
the flesh of horses as food
mouton, mutton
meat from a mature domestic sheep
the flesh of a young domestic sheep eaten as food
porc, pork
meat from a domestic hog or pig
highly seasoned minced meat stuffed in casings
sausage meat
any meat that is minced and spiced and cooked as patties or used to fill sausages
escargot, snail
edible terrestrial snail usually served in the shell with a sauce of melted butter and garlic
joint, roast
a piece of meat roasted or for roasting and of a size for slicing into more than one portion
a piece of meat (especially a duck) cooked slowly in its own fat
flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food
flesh of any of a number of wild game birds suitable for food
giblet, giblets
edible viscera of a fowl
a lump or chunk of raw meat
viscera and trimmings of a butchered animal often considered inedible by humans
a firm rather dry variety meat (usually beef or veal)
liver of an animal used as meat
sweetbread, sweetbreads
edible glands of an animal
the brain of certain animals used as meat
stomach sweetbread
edible pancreas of an animal
neck sweetbread, throat sweetbread
edible thymus gland of an animal
the tongue of certain animals used as meat
meat from a deer used as food
a small cut of meat including part of a rib
cut of meat or fish including at least part of the backbone
the limb of an animal used for food
side, side of meat
a lengthwise dressed half of an animal's carcass used for food
the front half of a side of meat
the back half of a side of meat
cut of beef
cut of meat from beef cattle
cut of meat including one or more ribs
cut of meat taken from between the ribs
a cut of meat (beef or veal or mutton or lamb) from the upper part of the leg
shin, shin bone
a cut of meat from the lower part of the leg
a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest especially of beef
a slice of meat cut from the fleshy part of an animal or large fish
a cut of meat taken from the side and back of an animal between the ribs and the rump
the portion of the loin (especially of beef) just in front of the rump
tenderloin, undercut
the tender meat of the loin muscle on each side of the vertebral column
a cut of meat from the neck of an animal
a cut of meat including the upper joint of the foreleg
lining of the stomach of a ruminant (especially a bovine) used as food
meat from an American bison
ground beef, hamburger
beef that has been ground
bully beef, corn beef, corned beef
beef cured or pickled in brine
highly seasoned cut of smoked beef
beef jerky
strips of dried beef
meat that is salted and cut into strips and dried in the sun
cut of veal
cut of meat from a calf
calves' feet
feet of calves used as food; usually jellied
hare, rabbit
flesh of any of various rabbits or hares (wild or domesticated) eaten as food
cut of mutton
cut of meat from a mature sheep
cut of lamb
cut of meat from a lamb
cut of meat (especially mutton or lamb) consisting of part of the backbone and both loins
rib section of a forequarter of veal or pork or especially lamb or mutton
cut of pork
cut of meat from a hog or pig
cochon de lait, suckling pig
whole young pig suitable for roasting
salt pork
fat from the back and sides and belly of a hog carcass cured with salt
pigs' feet, pigs' knuckles
feet or knuckles of hogs used as food; pickled or stewed or jellied
chitlings, chitlins, chitterlings
small intestines of hogs prepared as food
heart and liver and other edible viscera especially of hogs; usually chopped and formed into a loaf and braised
black pudding, blood pudding, blood sausage
a black sausage containing pig's blood and other ingredients
Bologna sausage, bologna
large smooth-textured smoked sausage of beef and veal and pork
a small thin sausage
a spicy Spanish pork sausage
dog, frank, frankfurter, hot dog, hotdog, weenie, wiener, wienerwurst
a smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork usually smoked; often served on a bread roll
sausage or jellied loaf made of chopped parts of the head meat and sometimes feet and tongue of a calf or pig
knackwurst, knockwurst
short thick highly seasoned sausage
liver pudding, liver sausage, liverwurst
sausage containing ground liver
a pork and beef sausage (or a thin slice of this sausage)
pork sausage
sausage containing pork
highly seasoned fatty sausage of pork and beef usually dried
pork trimmings chopped and pickled and jelled
lunch meat, luncheon meat
any of various sausages or molded loaf meats sliced and served cold
Type of:
food, solid food
any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment

n the inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stone

Type of:
plant part, plant structure
any part of a plant or fungus

n the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

center, centre, core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum
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bare bones
(plural) the most basic facts or elements
(metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality
haecceity, quiddity
the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other
the purest and most concentrated essence of something
a critically important or characteristic component
Type of:
cognitive content, content, mental object
the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned

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