[ veel ]
/ vil /


Also veal·er [vee-ler] /ˈvi lər/. a calf raised for its meat, usually a milk-fed animal less than three months old.
the flesh of the calf as used for food.

Nearby words

  1. vdt,
  2. vdu,
  3. ve,
  4. ve day,
  5. veadar,
  6. vealer,
  7. vealy,
  8. veblen,
  9. veblen, thorstein,
  10. veblenian

Origin of veal

1350–1400; Middle English ve(e)l < Anglo-French vel (Old French veel, veal) < Latin vitellus, diminutive of vitulus calf Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for veal


/ (viːl) /


the flesh of the calf used as food
Also called: veal calf a calf, esp one bred for eating
Related formsRelated adjective: vituline

Word Origin for veal

C14: from Old French veel, from Latin vitellus a little calf, from vitulus calf

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Word Origin and History for veal



late 14c., from Anglo-French vel, Old French veel "a calf" (Modern French veau), earlier vedel, from Latin vitellus, diminutive of vitulus "calf," perhaps originally "yearling," if related, as some think, to Sanskrit vatsah "calf," literally "yearling;" Gothic wiþrus, Old English weðer (see wether; cf. also veteran).

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