Definition of mutton in English:

mutton

noun

mass noun
  • The flesh of fully grown sheep used as food.

    ‘a leg of mutton’
    • ‘In the eastern area, the food is heavier, with more of an accent on mutton and pork.’
    • ‘Meat pies, joints of mutton, and other hearty foods are most likely to be served.’
    • ‘Spirits were high and so were the plates, many piled with roast mutton, chops, potatoes and other delights to the palate.’
    • ‘It was made with beef, mutton, raisins, currants, prunes, wine and mixed spices.’
    • ‘We sat at opposite ends of the table and ate our meal of roast mutton, vegetables, and wine.’
    • ‘Most meat is mutton, although beef, chicken, turkey, and goat are also eaten.’
    • ‘The principal meats were pork, beef, mutton, and sometimes freshwater fish taken from the river.’
    • ‘Next came a course of chicken in rich sauces followed by another course of either beef, mutton or ham.’
    • ‘The best food to have is mutton, eaten by hand, or an entire goat.’
    • ‘The document reveals that the bishop's menu would have included a range of meats, from mutton and beef to veal, geese, rabbit, duck and lamb.’
    • ‘He talks about Namibian meat, not only the superb game but also the beef, pork and mutton, which he considers superior to anything, brought in from across our borders.’
    • ‘Sausage, pork, beef, mutton, chicken, and dried or salted fish are widely available and relatively cheap.’
    • ‘Mongolian food - mutton, sheep's intestines, fermented mare's milk - is not reckoned to be one of the world's great cuisines.’
    • ‘I sat there sullenly staring at the roast mutton and potatoes.’
    • ‘Colonial tastes survive in the form of sardines, corned beef and mutton, chocolate, and whiskey.’
    • ‘Beef, mutton, pork and venison were common meats, and communities close to the coast could expect to widen their diets with fish and shellfish.’
    • ‘The main traditional foods of the Mongols include beef, mutton, and milk products, supplemented by grain and vegetables.’
    • ‘Couscous, a dish made with granulated seminola grains, is usually topped with mutton, veal, or beef and a variety of vegetables such as tomatoes, turnips, and pimentos.’
    • ‘The dinner would consist of roast beef, roast mutton, roast pork, and vegetables, plum puddings, Christmas cake, and tea, and would be served to about 1,200 poor people.’
    • ‘He said he began thinking about how much he enjoyed mutton when he was growing up, and how a revival in the meat could boost the incomes of hill farmers.’

Phrases

  • mutton dressed as lamb

    • derogatory, informal A middle-aged or old woman dressed in a style suitable for a much younger woman.

      • ‘The people were frightening, mutton dressed as lamb springs to mind, the people watching will certainly keep you entertained.’
      • ‘I suppose I should be grateful they did not say I was mutton dressed as lamb!’
      • ‘When you get married a second time you worry about being mutton dressed as lamb and a good way round that is to cover your arms, which she did.’
      • ‘He said: ‘You get to an age when you look like mutton dressed as lamb.’’
      • ‘Simply put, it was a case of mutton dressed as lamb.’
      • ‘‘She's far too old for that - she looks like mutton dressed as lamb,’ said one of my friends.’
      • ‘Her clothes are not mutton dressed as lamb - it is just her hair.’
      • ‘Dress your age, the article exhorted, and while the writer went on to say there were no longer any rules, the models were brooding over issues such as when a perky little miniskirt became mutton dressed as lamb.’
      • ‘There we are walking a tight rope between looking presentable and up to date and at the same time trying desperately to avoid the ultimate horror of looking like mutton dressed as lamb.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French moton, from medieval Latin multo(n-), probably of Celtic origin; compare with Scottish Gaelic mult, Welsh mollt, and Breton maout.

Pronunciation

mutton

/ˈmʌt(ə)n/