A Twitter friend just asked people, "how many nights do you cook a meal from scratch at home."
A restaurant menu is the nexus of a diner, a dinner, a chef and the suitably hospitable environment in which a meal is served.
I've consumed many a lengthy French meal where almost the entire conversation was dominated by food.
Yet we keep doing the cleanses, buying the meal replacement bars, and joining Weight Watchers.
There is a distinct difference between gorging and slowly savoring a meal.
The meal stood untouched, and even Bess looked pale and anxious.
What passed until the meal was finished was of slight significance.
If he finds it necessary to take some light stimulant, let it be done with the evening meal.
His meal over, he saw to his beasts, then had a servant take his baggage to his room.
The midday meal, especially on Sunday, she generally skipped.
"food; time for eating," c.1200 (perhaps late Old English), mel "appointed time for eating," also "a meal, feast," from Old English mæl "fixed time, occasion, a meal," from Proto-Germanic *mæla- (cf. Old Frisian mel "time;" Middle Dutch mael, Dutch maal "time, meal;" Old Norse mal "measure, time, meal;" German Mal "time," Mahl "meal;" Gothic mel "time, hour"), from PIE *me-lo-, from root *me- "to measure" (see meter (n.2)). Original sense of "time" is preserved in piecemeal. Meals-on-wheels attested from 1961. Meal ticket first attested 1870 in literal sense of "ticket of admission to a dining hall;" figurative sense of "source of income or livelihood" is from 1899.
"edible ground grain," Old English melu "meal, flour," from West Germanic *melwan "grind" (cf. Old Frisian mele "meal," Old Saxon melo, Middle Dutch mele, Dutch meel, Old High German melo, German Mehl, Old Norse mjöl "meal;" Old Saxon, Old High German, Gothic malan "to grind," German mahlen), from PIE root *mele- "to grind" (see mallet).
meal 1 (mēl)
The edible whole or coarsely ground grains of a cereal grass.
A granular substance produced by grinding.
The food served and eaten in one sitting.
A customary time or occasion of eating food.