the breast of an animal, or the part of the breast lying next to the ribs.
a cut of meat, especially beef, from this part.

1300–50; Middle English brusket, perhaps < Old Norse brjōsk cartilage Unabridged
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brisket (ˈbrɪskɪt)
1.  the breast of a four-legged animal
2.  the meat from this part, esp of beef
[C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse brjōsk gristle, Norwegian and Danish brusk]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., perhaps from O.Fr. bruschet, with identical sense of the English word, or from O.N. brjosk "gristle" (related to brjost "breast") or Dan. bryske or M.H.G. brusche "lump, swelling."
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Example sentences
Waitresses serve sandwiches, the bun tops tilted backward to accommodate the
  pile of brisket heaped under them.
The night before someone came by with a propane grill and cooked brisket for
By comparison, pulled pork and beef brisket are unexceptional, the flavor
  pleasant but lacking definition.
Brisket has the perfect mix of lean and fat to make a juicy burger.
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