- the flesh of sheep, especially full-grown or more mature sheep, used as food.
Origin of mutton1
Origin of mutton2
Examples from the Web for mutton
Cue heartbroken Galavant engorging himself on booze and mutton back home.‘Galavant’: A Drunken, Horny Musical Fairy Tale
January 5, 2015
The speciality was mutton tagine, softly braised in the tagine pot with peas, vegetables, and spices.
Mutton Tagine in Zaita, Morocco This photo was taken at a tiny roadside town on the drive to Fez.
Good beef and mutton will no longer serve his turn, I've been told at the club.Weighed and Wanting
The bones of lamb are pink, while those of mutton are white.
The joint is jagged in lamb, but smooth and round in mutton.
Cabbage Soup may be made in the same manner, of neck of mutton.
Many persons are fond of mutton that has been boiled in soup.
Word Origin and History for mutton
"flesh of sheep used as food," late 13c., from Old French moton "mutton; ram, wether, sheep" (12c., Modern French mouton), from Medieval Latin multonem (8c.), probably from Gallo-Romance *multo-s, accusative of Celtic *multo "sheep" (cf. Old Irish molt "wether," Mid-Breton mout, Welsh mollt); the same word also was borrowed into Italian as montone "a sheep." Transferred slang sense of "food for lust, loose women, prostitutes" (1510s) led to extensive British slang uses down to the present day for woman variously regarded as seeking lovers or as lust objects. Mutton chop is from 1720; as a style of side whiskers, from 1865.