a mixture composed of minced apples, suet, and sometimes meat, together with raisins, currants, candied citron, etc., for filling a pie.
anything cut up very small, especially meat.


    make mincemeat of, to destroy utterly: He made mincemeat of his opponent's charges.

Origin of mincemeat

First recorded in 1655–65; mince + meat
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Examples from the Web for mincemeat

Historical Examples of mincemeat

  • Wet the edges of the pastry, and put some mincemeat into the middle of each round.

    The Skilful Cook

    Mary Harrison

  • It was slaughtered, roasted, made into mincemeat and devoured.

    Eben Holden

    Irving Bacheller

  • As for the girl who had jilted him, I thought I could have made her into mincemeat.

    Out in the Forty-Five

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • Also, there was a great deal of mincemeat, and it did not compare with Katy's.

    Quicksilver Sue

    Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards

  • Come, I see that your excellency wishes me to be cut into mincemeat!

    The Red Track

    Gustave Aimard

British Dictionary definitions for mincemeat



a mixture of dried fruit, spices, etc, used esp for filling pies
minced meat
make mincemeat of informal to defeat completely
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Word Origin and History for mincemeat

1660s, originally in the figurative sense of what someone plans to make of his enemy, an alteration of earlier minced meat (1570s); from mince (v.) + meat (n.). Mince-pie is attested from c.1600; as rhyming slang for "eye" it is attested from 1857.

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Idioms and Phrases with mincemeat


see make mincemeat of.

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