Definitions

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

  • n. The flesh of fully grown sheep.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The flesh of sheep used as food.
  • n. Em, a unit of measurement equal to the height of the type in use.
  • adj. deaf.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sheep.
  • n. The flesh of a sheep.
  • n. A loose woman; a prostitute.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. meat from a mature domestic sheep

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French mouton, moton, from Medieval Latin multō, multōn-, of Celtic origin; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French mouton ("sheep"), of Gaulish origin, from Proto-Celtic *molto-. (Wiktionary)

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

  • 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

  • "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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Rambles Through the British Empire

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

    The Hills of the Shatemuc

  • I was rendered so weak by want of proper nourishment that my dear husband, for my sake, overcame his aversion to borrowing, and procured a quarter of mutton from a friend.

    Roughing It in the Bush

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