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mutton

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[ muht-n ]
/ ˈmʌt n /
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noun
the flesh of sheep, especially full-grown or more mature sheep, used as food.
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Origin of mutton

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1250–1300; Middle English moton sheep <Old French <Celtic; compare MIr molt,Welsh mollt,Breton maout wether

OTHER WORDS FROM mutton

mut·ton·y, adjective

Other definitions for mutton (2 of 2)

mutton2
[ muht-n ]
/ ˈmʌt n /

noun Printing.
Also called mut.

Origin of mutton

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1935–40; code term, coined to differentiate the pronunciation of em quad from en quad
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British Dictionary definitions for mutton

mutton
/ (ˈmʌtən) /

noun
the flesh of sheep, esp of mature sheep, used as food
mutton dressed as lamb an older woman dressed up to look young
printing another word for em (def. 1) Compare nut (def. 12)

Derived forms of mutton

muttony, adjective

Word Origin for mutton

C13 moton sheep, from Old French, from Medieval Latin multō, of Celtic origin; the term was adopted in printing to distinguish the pronunciation of em quad from en quad
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