[en-treylz, -truhlz]

plural noun

the internal parts of the trunk of an animal body.
the intestines.
the internal parts of anything: the entrails of a machine.

Origin of entrails

1250–1300; Middle English entrailles < Anglo-French, Middle French < Vulgar Latin *interālia (compare early Medieval Latin intrālia), alteration, by suffix change (see -al1), of Latin interānea guts, neuter plural of interāneus; see inter-, -an, -eous

Synonyms for entrails

viscera, intestines, insides, innards, guts.
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Related Words for entrail

insides, bowels, viscera, guts, innards, vitals

Examples from the Web for entrail

Historical Examples of entrail

  • A piece of the entrail escapes, and as it floats away it swells and swells.

  • His side had been ripped open and fragments of entrail projected from the rent.

    Combed Out

    Fritz August Voigt

  • But for pure, honest “leaf” lard not a bit of entrail fat should be mixed with the flakes.

    Home Pork Making

    A. W. Fulton

British Dictionary definitions for entrail


pl n

the internal organs of a person or animal; intestines; guts
the innermost parts of anything

Word Origin for entrails

C13: from Old French entrailles, from Medieval Latin intrālia, changed from Latin interānea intestines, ultimately from inter between
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Word Origin and History for entrail



c.1300, from Old French entrailles (12c.), from Late Latin intralia "inward parts, intestines" (8c.), from Latin interanea, neuter plural of interaneus "internal, that which is within," from inter "between, among" (see inter-).

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entrail in Medicine


[ĕntrālz′, -trəlz]


The internal organs, especially the intestines; viscera.
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