Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The flesh of fully grown sheep.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sheep.
  • noun The flesh of sheep, raw or dressed for food.
  • noun A loose woman; a prostitute.
  • noun An Anglo-French gold coin: so called from its being impressed with the image of a lamb. See mouton and agnel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A sheep.
  • noun The flesh of a sheep.
  • noun obsolete A loose woman; a prostitute.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the Australian short-tailed petrel (Nectris brevicaudus).
  • noun a rib of mutton for broiling, with the end of the bone at the smaller part chopped off.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the American eelpout. See Eelpout.
  • noun [Colloq.] a big brawny fist or hand.
  • noun [Low & Obs.] a pimp.
  • noun [Humorous] To return to one's topic, subject of discussion, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The flesh of sheep used as food.
  • noun Em, a unit of measurement equal to the height of the type in use.
  • adjective Cockney rhyming slang deaf.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun meat from a mature domestic sheep

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French mouton, moton, from Medieval Latin multō, multōn-, of Celtic origin; see mel- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French mouton ("sheep"), of Gaulish origin, from Proto-Celtic *molto-.

Examples

  • The term mutton is usually applied to the flesh of a sheep that is 1 year or more old, while lamb is the flesh of sheep under 1 year of age.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery Volume 3: Soup; Meat; Poultry and Game; Fish and Shell Fish

  • "We rode out from gay Mana and continued the gay progress — down the lava trails to Kiholo to the swimming and the fishing and the feasting and the sleeping in the warm sand under the palms; and up to Puuwaawaa, and more pig-sticking, and roping and driving, and wild mutton from the upper pasture-lands; and on through Kona, now mauka"

    ON THE MAKALOA MAT

  • Soon a Troll insider (believed to be a tapeworm) was blabbing to one of Potya's notorious "purple-topped" tabloids that the forward from the land where mutton is king had been sucking up so much helium, "sometimes we have to fetch him down from the ceiling using a boat hook".

    Helium-sniffing Simeon Troll goes for broke in the mad world of Potya

  • She didn't trust the butcher, either, but for different reasons: suspicion that he called mutton lamb, that he put grain in his sausages when he swore he didn't, that his scales worked in his favor.

    Rulers of the Darkness

  • We rode out from gay Mana and continued the gay progress — down the lava trails to Kiholo to the swimming and the fishing and the feasting and the sleeping in the warm sand under the palms; and up to Puuwaawaa, and more pig-sticking, and roping and driving, and wild mutton from the upper pasture-lands; and on through Kona, now mauka

    ON THE MAKALOA MAT

  • We rode out from gay Mana and continued the gay progressdown the lava trails to Kiholo to the swimming and the fishing and the feasting and the sleeping in the warm sand under the palms; and up to Puuwaawaa, and more pig-sticking, and roping and driving, and wild mutton from the upper pasture-lands; and on through Kona, now mauka

    On the Makaloa Mat

  • Their mutton was a little cheaper than the mutton from the Colonies.

    Rambles Through the British Empire

  • She has mutton from the Mongolian sheep (the finest I have ever eaten), beef, pork or lamb; chicken, goose or duck; hare, pheasant or deer, or fish of whatever kind she may choose.

    Court Life In China

  • She has mutton from the Mongolian sheep (the finest I have ever eaten), beef, pork or lamb; chicken, goose or duck; hare, pheasant or deer, or fish of whatever kind she may choose.

    Court Life in China

  • Mr. Underhill's fresh mutton is on the other side of the river.

    The Hills of the Shatemuc

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