[ soo-it ]
/ ˈsu ɪt /


the hard fatty tissue about the loins and kidneys of beef, sheep, etc., used in cooking or processed to yield tallow.

Nearby words

  1. sue, eugène,
  2. suede,
  3. suent,
  4. suess,
  5. suess, eduard,
  6. suet pudding,
  7. suetonius,
  8. suevian,
  9. suez,
  10. suez canal

Origin of suet

1350–1400; Middle English sewet < Anglo-French *suet, equivalent to su-, sew (< Latin sēbum tallow) + -et -et

Related formssu·et·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for suety

  • It spoke in a thick, suety sort of voice, and Alice hadn't a word to say in reply: she could only sit and look at it and gasp.

    Through the Looking-Glass|Charles Dodgson, AKA Lewis Carroll
  • To the stodgy, suety world of course it's little else than sheer moonshine, midsummer madness.

    The Return|Walter de la Mare

British Dictionary definitions for suety


/ (ˈsuːɪt, ˈsjuːɪt) /


a hard waxy fat around the kidneys and loins in sheep, cattle, etc, used in cooking and making tallow
Derived Formssuety, adjective

Word Origin for suet

C14: from Old French seu, from Latin sēbum

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Word Origin and History for suety



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).

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