Definition of mutton in US English:



  • The flesh of sheep, especially mature sheep, used as food.

    ‘roast mutton’
    • ‘Mongolian food - mutton, sheep's intestines, fermented mare's milk - is not reckoned to be one of the world's great cuisines.’
    • ‘In the eastern area, the food is heavier, with more of an accent on mutton and pork.’
    • ‘The principal meats were pork, beef, mutton, and sometimes freshwater fish taken from the river.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Spirits were high and so were the plates, many piled with roast mutton, chops, potatoes and other delights to the palate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most meat is mutton, although beef, chicken, turkey, and goat are also eaten.’
    • ‘Sausage, pork, beef, mutton, chicken, and dried or salted fish are widely available and relatively cheap.’
    • ‘We sat at opposite ends of the table and ate our meal of roast mutton, vegetables, and wine.’
    • ‘Meat pies, joints of mutton, and other hearty foods are most likely to be served.’
    • ‘I sat there sullenly staring at the roast mutton and potatoes.’
    • ‘It was made with beef, mutton, raisins, currants, prunes, wine and mixed spices.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Colonial tastes survive in the form of sardines, corned beef and mutton, chocolate, and whiskey.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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.