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the flesh of animals as used for food.
the edible part of anything, as a fruit or nut: Crack the walnuts and remove the meats.
the essential point or part of an argument, literary work, etc.; gist; crux: The meat of the play is the jealousy between the two brothers.
solid food: meat and drink.
solid or substantial content; pith: The article was full of meat, with few wasted words.
a favorite occupation, activity, etc.: Chess is his meat.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. pork, especially bacon.
Slang: Vulgar. penis.
Archaic. the principal meal: to say grace before meat.
piece of meat, Slang.
a person regarded merely as a sex object.
a person, as a prizefighter or laborer, regarded merely as a strong or useful physical specimen.

before 900; Middle English, Old English mete food, cognate with Old High German maz, Old Norse matr, Gothic mats

meatless, adjective

meat, meet. Unabridged
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meat (miːt)
1.  the flesh of mammals used as food, as distinguished from that of birds and fish
2.  anything edible, esp flesh with the texture of meat: crab meat
3.  food, as opposed to drink
4.  the essence or gist
5.  an archaic word for meal
6.  meat and drink a source of pleasure
7.  informal (Irish) have one's meat and one's manners to lose nothing because one's offer is not accepted
[Old English mete; related to Old High German maz food, Old Saxon meti, Gothic mats]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. mete "food, item of food" (contrasted with drink), from P.Gmc. *matiz (cf. O.Fris. mete, O.N. matr, Goth. mats "food," M.Du., Du. metworst, Ger. Mettwurst "type of sausage"), from PIE *mat-/*met- "measure" (see meter (2)). Narrower sense of "flesh used as food" is first
attested c.1300; similar sense evolution in Fr. viande "meat," originally "food." Figurative sense of "essential part" is from 1901. Dark meat, white meat supposedly popularized by Victorians as euphemisms for leg and breast. First record of meat loaf is from 1932. Meathead "stupid person" is from 1945; meat market "place where one looks for sex partners" is from 1896 (meat in various sexual senses of "penis, vagina, body regarded as a sex object, prostitute" are attested from 1595); meat wagon "ambulance" is from 1925, Amer.Eng. slang. Meaty "full of substance" is from 1881.
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