- the hard fatty tissue about the loins and kidneys of beef, sheep, etc., used in cooking or processed to yield tallow.
Origin of suet
1350–1400; Middle English sewet < Anglo-French *suet, equivalent to su-, sew (< Latin sēbum tallow) + -et -et
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Related Words for suetsflesh, grease, lard, smear, wax, suet, surplus, overabundance, plethora, paunch, fatness, bulk, superfluity, tallow, corpulence, blubber, obesity, overflow, excess, surfeit
- a hard waxy fat around the kidneys and loins in sheep, cattle, etc, used in cooking and making tallow
Word Origin for suet
C14: from Old French seu, from Latin sēbum
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
late 14c., "solid fat formed in the torsos of cattle and sheep," probably from an Anglo-French diminutive of sius, the nominative use of sue, seu "tallow, grease," from Old French sieu "tallow," from Latin sebum "tallow, grease" (see sebum).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper