[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 entrails

insides, bowels, viscera, guts, innards, vitals

Examples from the Web for entrails

Contemporary Examples of entrails

  • It launches with a family hacked to death by one of its members, the mother's abdomen reduced to “a bloody bowl of entrails.”

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    Lizzie Skurnick

    June 17, 2011

  • By fleeing his palace, Mubarak responded to the instinct not to have his entrails on display in the public square.

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    Matt Latimer

    March 1, 2011

Historical Examples of entrails

British Dictionary definitions for entrails


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 entrails

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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entrails in Medicine


[ĕntrālz′, -trəlz]


The internal organs, especially the intestines; viscera.
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