mutton

1
[ muht-n ]
/ ˈmʌt n /

noun

the flesh of sheep, especially full-grown or more mature sheep, used as food.

Origin of mutton

1
1250–1300; Middle English moton sheep < Old French < Celtic; compare MIr molt, Welsh mollt, Breton maout wether

Related forms

mut·ton·y, adjective

Definition for mutton (2 of 2)

mutton

2
[ muht-n ]
/ ˈmʌt n /

noun Printing.

Origin of mutton

2
1935–40; code term, coined to differentiate the pronunciation of em quad from en quad
Also called mut.
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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

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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