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[meel-tahym] /ˈmilˌtaɪm/
the usual time for a meal.
Origin of mealtime
First recorded in 1125-75, mealtime is from the Middle English word meeltyme. See meal1, time Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They even hugged each other at mealtime and exchanged bits of food.

    This Simian World Clarence Day
  • "You'd have to come here at mealtime to find out," Billy informed her.

    Blue Bonnet in Boston Caroline E. Jacobs
  • Every mealtime, every year, for many years, it had been thus.

  • The planes were as commonplace as mealtime to them, and not nearly so thrilling.

    Battling the Clouds Captain Frank Cobb
  • Wherever he happened to be at mealtime, he stayed, whether he was invited or not.

    Miss Santa Claus of the Pullman

    Annie Fellows Johnston
  • So long as you know when mealtime comes, to plan further is folly.

    In the Oregon Country George Palmer Putnam
  • "mealtime," answered the men, German fashion, and fell to eating.

    Two Royal Foes Eva Madden
  • Rather a strange subject we seem to be on for mealtime, don't we?

    The War-Workers E.M. Delafield
  • When mealtime arrived the cripple sat before his plate and looked at the food—there was no one to help him.

    Crimes of Charity Konrad Bercovici
Word Origin and History for mealtime

also meal-time, late 12c., from meal (n.1) + time (n.). Etymologically, a tautology.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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