from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The flesh of a deer used as food.
- n. Archaic The flesh of a game animal used as food.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The meat of a deer. Carnal term (sarconym) for deer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Beasts of the chase.
- n. Formerly, the flesh of any of the edible beasts of the chase, also of game birds; now, the flesh of animals of the deer kind exclusively.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A beast or beasts of the chase, as deer and other large game.
- n. The flesh of such game used as food; specifically, the flesh of animals of the deer tribe: now the common use of the word.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. meat from a deer used as food
Middle English veneson, from Old French, from Latin vēnātiō, vēnātiōn-, hunting, from vēnātus, past participle of vēnārī, to hunt; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French venison (meat of large game, particularly deer or boar; hunt), from Latin venatio (hunt; meat from a hunt), formed on venatus, past participle of venari (to hunt). (Wiktionary)