The Term Venison
Origin of the Term Venison
What immediately comes to mind when you think of the word deer? The term Venison probably does not come to mind, however, the term has become widely accepted as an alternative to the more popular term deer. Although the term Venison can refer to any time of “hunted” game (such as elk, caribou, boar etc…) many now exclusively use the term to refer to deer.
It’s origins are rooted in Latin: vēnātiō meant ‘hunting’, hence ‘hunted animals, game’. This went on to become modernly known as “deer meat” in the 18th century, following Old French and English variations of the word. Although the term was originally defined broadly, it is now most common to refer to Venison as Deer Meat.