Definition of corned beef in English:

corned beef


mass noun
  • 1British Beef preserved in brine, chopped and pressed and sold in tins.

    • ‘The food was packed in cartons and included solid tablets of porridge which could be heated on a small stove with water, some corned beef, biscuits, and a few boiled sweets and seven cigarettes. this was enough to last a man for one day.’
    • ‘Mr Walsh said it is intended that some 400 tonnes will be made available as canned stewed beef and corned beef for use by charitable organisations within Ireland.’
    • ‘Apart from corned beef, its most famous food item was a meat extract, a product that in Britain became the crumbly cubes we know as Oxo.’
    • ‘Your pantry is never without Spam, Vienna sausage, corned beef, and sardines.’
    • ‘And whereas the voluptuous Nigella Lawson urges us to cram down another piece of cheesecake, the petite and almost emaciated McKeith gives us a tongue lashing if we so much as look at Fray Bentos corned beef.’
    • ‘Meat was preserved in tins in the Napoleonic period and known as bœuf bouilli, the origin of the English description of corned beef as ‘bully beef’.’
    • ‘We all feel safe in our own homes, though that's where an awful lot of accidents happen, and many people wind up in casualty as a result of trying to open tins of corned beef.’
    • ‘Not only was the room in a filthy state, the food cupboard contained just a tin of mushy peas, baked beans and corned beef.’
    • ‘It's no good giving them corned beef to tide them by because by the time you've inserted the key in the tab and twisted it half way round the tin, the sliver of metal gets thinner and thinner and snaps.’
    • ‘Cured meats like bacon, corned beef, ham and pastrami contain preservatives called nitrates that have been linked to stomach and colon cancers.’
    • ‘Sometimes there would be a large pyramid of tins of spaghetti, baked beans or Palm corned beef and I would marvel at the symmetry and apparent stability of these tin edifices.’
    • ‘Repeat this process of layers (potatoes, corned beef, onion) until it reaches the top of the dish and finish with a final layer of potato.’
    • ‘I was a war baby, brought up on Spam sandwiches with best butter, and corned beef.’
    • ‘In the 1970s we ate pork pies, scotch pies, Spam, corned beef, cake, biscuits washed down with dilute orange squash.’
    • ‘I remember the brown carrier bag with the tin of corned beef and biscuits, but I did not have the large bar of Cadbury chocolate.’
    • ‘Given the approaching hurricane season, and the fact that the public is always warned to store up canned foods, a favorite of which is corned beef, Mr. Gray was asked if corned beef already on island before the ban could carry the disease?’
    • ‘He wonders whether the locals ever found any of his belongings washed up on the shore, but the wreck certainly provided them with a steady supply of corned beef during a time of rationing!’
    • ‘While we eat sandwiches, the four Fijian men - their bodies sinewy and solid with muscle - tuck into cooked taro and tins of corned beef.’
    • ‘We had free school dinners and I loved spam fritters, sausage pie, stew, corned beef, or meat loaf, followed by pink custard and sponge.’
    • ‘The corned beef pasty recipe comes from Joan, the mum of Mark Sargeant, my head chef at Claridge's.’
  • 2North American Beef brisket cured in brine and boiled, typically served cold.

    • ‘She ordered one of her favorite meals - corned beef and cabbage.’
    • ‘They're best with cold meat, even the humble but satisfying corned beef.’
    • ‘Zone in on those oversized sandwiches built with hot corned beef or pastrami served on soft, sturdy, seedless rye.’
    • ‘Then one day you chomp a Reuben and your front teeth stay in the corned beef.’
    • ‘A secretary in this building brought in enough corned beef and cabbage for everyone to enjoy a nice Irish lunch.’
    • ‘And it wanted to outfit its plants with facilities for preparing cooked meats like pastrami, corned beef, and kabobs.’
    • ‘We brought wine and Ruth provided a huge dish of corned beef and beans and vegetables, ‘nourishing stew’, I think a friend called it.’
    • ‘If you're in the mood for corned beef and cabbage but don't have time to slowly simmer the beef, try using sausage instead.’
    • ‘Irish immigrants living in New York City's Lower East Side substituted more economical corned beef for their traditional dish of Irish bacon, borrowing the idea from their Jewish neighbors.’
    • ‘This time, her mother had given her corned beef.’
    • ‘I'd been in the middle of preparing one of our favourite meals: cauliflower cheese garnished with crispy bacon, served with sliced cold corned beef and good quality boiled potatoes.’
    • ‘Come March 17, many Americans and other people around the world will don green clothes, dine on corned beef and cabbage, and quench their thirst with a pint of Guinness Stout.’
    • ‘During the Napoleonic wars the British army was supplied principally with corned beef which was cured in and exported from the port of Cork.’
    • ‘I hiked over to the Carnegie Deli on 7th and got us chicken soup, potato salad, soft drinks and a couple of corned beef sandwiches the size of Pontiacs.’
    • ‘I love my reubens and I love my corned beef and cabbage and all that good stuff.’
    • ‘Everything was tasty and dependable, but not as good as 2nd Ave. soup or Katz's corned beef.’
    • ‘This unctuous purée is good served with barbecued lamb cutlets and a green salad, or with cold corned beef or ham.’
    • ‘We made a date, after I assured him that corned beef would be satisfactory.’
    • ‘It's not easy to find corned beef that isn't heavily salted.’
    • ‘At least we knew there would be a feast that evening - corned beef and fried chicken with mango ice cream for dessert.’


Early 17th century: corned, in the sense ‘preserved in salt water’, + beef.


corned beef

/kɔːnd ˈbiːf/