- Also veal·er [vee-ler] /ˈvi lər/. a calf raised for its meat, usually a milk-fed animal less than three months old.
- the flesh of the calf as used for food.
- the flesh of the calf used as food
- Also called: veal calf a calf, esp one bred for eating
late 14c., from Anglo-French vel, Old French veel “a calf” (Modern French veau), earlier vedel, from Latin vitellus, diminutive of vitulus “calf,” perhaps originally “yearling,” if related, as some think, to Sanskrit vatsah “calf,” literally “yearling;” Gothic wiþrus, Old English weðer (see wether; cf. also veteran).