1the flesh of an animal, typically a mammal or bird, as food (the flesh of domestic fowls is sometimes distinguished as poultry):pieces of meatplace meat and poultry in the refrigerator immediately [as modifier]:meat pies [count noun]:cold meats
the flesh of a person’s body:this’ll put meat on your bones!
North American the edible part of fruits, nuts, or eggs.
(the meat of) the chief part of something:he did the meat of the climb on the first day
2 archaic food of any kind.
a meal:we have talked at meat with this stranger
be meat and drink to
1be a source of great pleasure to:meat and drink to me, this life is!
2be a customary matter for:the commercial market-research business that is meat and drink to most pollsters
informal a person who is easily overcome or outwitted:with no family money to protect him, he was easy meat
meat and potatoes
North American basic and essential aspects:the club’s meat and potatoes remains blues performers
meat and two veg
British informal a man’s genitals.
one man's meat is another man's poison
proverb things liked or enjoyed by one person may be distasteful to another.
Old Englishmete 'food' or 'article of food' (as in sweetmeat), of Germanic origin