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or omelette

[om-lit, om-uh-] /ˈɒm lɪt, ˈɒm ə-/
eggs beaten until frothy, often combined with other ingredients, as herbs, chopped ham, cheese, or jelly, and cooked until set.
Origin of omelet
1605-15; < French omelette, earlier amelette, metathetic form of alemette, variant of alemelle literally, thin plate, variant of Old French lemelle < Latin lāmella. See lamella, -et Unabridged
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  • He could make an omelette or sew on a button with woman's skill.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • You cannot have an omelette without the sacrifice of an egg.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • An omelette would be delicious, provided she could make one properly.

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
  • Just at that moment Mistress Boris entered with a dish of omelette.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • The repast began with these, the fowls followed, and it was concluded with an omelette.

    No Surrender! G. A. Henty
  • His soul simmering with omelette, he darted towards the door.

  • She evidently wanted to eat an omelette as well, but Lalage forbade this.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
  • “Abram and I are so fond of omelette,” she said, as the egg-beater whirred.

    The Fighting Shepherdess

    Caroline Lockhart
  • When the omelette is thrown in front of you it at once makes its presence felt.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke
British Dictionary definitions for omelette


a savoury or sweet dish of beaten eggs cooked in fat
Word Origin
C17: from French omelette, changed from alumette, from alumelle sword blade, changed by mistaken division from la lemelle, from Latin (see lamella); apparently from the flat shape of the omelette
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Word Origin and History for omelette



1610s, from French omelette (16c.), metathesis of alemette (14c.), from alemele "omelet," literally "blade (of a knife or sword)," probably a misdivision of la lemelle (mistaken as l'alemelle), from Latin lamella "thin, small plate," diminutive of lamina "plate, layer" (see laminate). The food so called from its flat shape. The proverb "you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs" (1859) translates French On ne saurait faire une omelette sans casser des oeufs. Middle English had hanonei "fried onions mixed with scrambled eggs" (mid-15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for omelette
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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