NEAT, n. [Neat coincides with the root of need in elements, and if connected with it, the sense is a herd or collection, from crowding, pressing; but this is doubtful.]1. Cattle of the bovine genus, as bulls, oxen and cows. In America, this word is used in composition, as in neats tongue, neats foot oil, and tautologically in neat cattle.2. A single cow.
NEAT, a. [L. to shine, to be clean, fair or fine; pure, to purify, to winnow.]1. Very clean; free from foul or extraneous matter; as neat clothes. The vessels are kept neat; the woman keeps her house very neat.2. Pure; free from impure words and phrases; as a neat style.3. Cleanly; preserving neatness; as a neat woman.4. Pure; unadulterated; as neat wine.5. Free from tawdry appendages and well adjusted; as a neat dress.6. Clear of the cask, case, bag, box, & c. ; as neat weight. It is usually written net or nett.