white meat



any meat that is light-colored before cooking, as veal or chicken (distinguished from red meat).
meat that is light-colored after cooking, as veal or breast of chicken or of turkey (distinguished from dark meat).
Slang: Vulgar. a white person considered as a sexual partner.
Southern U.S. salt pork, fatback, or other pork without any lean.
Archaic. food made from milk.

Nearby words

  1. white man's burden,
  2. white mariposa,
  3. white market,
  4. white marlin,
  5. white matter,
  6. white melilot,
  7. white metal,
  8. white meter,
  9. white mountain,
  10. white mountains

Origin of white meat

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425

Also called light meat (for defs 1, 2).

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British Dictionary definitions for light meat

white meat


any meat that is light in colour, such as veal or the breast of turkeyCompare red meat
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Word Origin and History for light meat

white meat


meat of poultry, pigs, etc., as opposed to red meat, is recorded from 1752; earlier it meant "foods prepared from milk" (early 15c.). Black slang sense of "white women as sex partners" is from 1920s.

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