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)



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