[ ven-uh-suh n, -zuh n ]
/ ˈvɛn ə sən, -zən /


the flesh of a deer or similar animal as used for food.

Origin of venison

1250–1300; Middle English ven(a)ison < Old French veneison, venaison < Latin vēnātiōn (stem of vēnātiō hunting), equivalent to vēnāt(us) (see venatic) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for venison


/ (ˈvɛnɪzən, -sən) /


the flesh of a deer, used as food
archaic the flesh of any game animal used for food

Word Origin for venison

C13: from Old French venaison, from Latin vēnātiō hunting, from vēnārī to hunt
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Word Origin and History for venison



late 13c., from Old French venesoun "meat of large game," especially deer or boar, also "a hunt," from Latin venationem (nominative venatio) "a hunt," also "game as the product of the hunt," from venatus, past participle of venari "to hunt, pursue," probably from PIE root *weie- "to strive after, pursue with vigor, desire" (cf. Sanskrit veti "follows after," Avestan vayeiti "hunts," Lithuanian veju "to hunt, pursue," Old Church Slavonic voji "warrior," Old English waþ "hunting," Old Norse veiðr "chase, hunting, fishing;" see Venus).

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