The Grammar Guide Spelling What is the difference between "meet" and "meat"?

What is the difference between "meet" and "meat"?

What is the difference between "meet" and "meat"?

The words meet and meat are often confused because they sound the same. We'll help you to understand the difference.

Meet means to make personal contact when used as a verb.

Meat means food for animals or humans, especially solid food.

A good way to remember the difference is meat contains the word eat.

Meet and meat are homophones, which means they sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings.


Meet can be a verb or a noun. As a verb, meet essentially means to come together. It can refer to people getting together, especially for the first time. It can also refer to things coming together, as in "where the roads meet." As a noun, meet is another word for a gathering. It is often used to refer to certain types of sporting events, like track and field or gymnastics.

Some synonyms of meet are: match, manage, get together.


Meat is a noun. It refers to the flesh of an animal that humans or animals consume. Beef, chicken, pork, and venison are a few examples of meat. Meat can sometimes refer the most important part of something. For instance, the meat of an essay are the main points, not the introduction or conclusion.

Some synonyms of meat are: kernel, core, heart.

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Which is correct, make ends meet or make ends meat?

The correct expression is make ends meet, e.g. Households in the Just About Managing category often worry about whether they can make ends meet.

Which is correct, meet and greet or meat and greet?

The correct phrase is meet and greet, e.g. It's polite to meet and greet guests when they arrive.

Should it be you're dead meat or you're dead meet?

The correct phrase is 'you're dead meat', e.g. He slammed Mike against the lockers. "Do that again, and you're dead meat."

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Examples of meet in a sentence

A precious, mouldering pleasure ’t is To meet an antique book, In just the dress his century wore;
- The collected poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson; Rachel Wetzsteon
Just drive into town, meet the lady, the personal shopper, buy whatever you like.
- In the night room: a novel by Peter Straub
You know how much they want to meet you;
- Touch of Darkness by C. T. Adams; Cathy Clamp
Didn't say for me to meet her anywhere?"
- Cropper's cabin by Jim Thompson
Chrysler has agreed to meet him on Omega 13, the district of their childhood.
- Grand Junction by Maurice G. Dantec

Examples of meat in a sentence

Sounds of laughter and the smell of meat loaf issued from the stairwell to the dining hall.
- The Hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff
Where there had been music, only meat remained.
- The Rise and Fall of a Dragonking by Lynn Abbey
Chaos is my meat.
- A Graveyard for Lunatics: Another Tale of Two Cities by Ray Bradbury
While he ate and talked, he edged the big steel meat knife towards him.
- Doctor No by Ian Fleming
From the very first he had been like a lump of inanimate meat.
- From Russia with love: a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming

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