n. sing. & pl.

  1. Cattle of the genus Bos, as distinguished from horses, sheep, and goats; an animal of the genus Bos; as, a neat's tongue; a neat's foot.


  1. Of or pertaining to the genus Bos, or to cattle of that genus; as, neat cattle.


  1. Free from that which soils, defiles, or disorders; clean; cleanly; tidy.
  2. Free from what is unbecoming, inappropriate, or tawdry; simple and becoming; pleasing with simplicity; tasteful; chaste; as, a neat style; a neat dress.
  3. Free from admixture or adulteration; good of its kind; as, neat brandy.
  4. Excellent in character, skill, or performance, etc.; nice; finished; adroit; as, a neat design; a neat thief.
  5. With all deductions or allowances made; net. [In this sense usually written net. See Net, a., 3.]