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[pran-dee-uh l] /ˈpræn di əl/
of or relating to a meal, especially dinner.
Origin of prandial
1810-20; < Latin prandi(um) luncheon, meal + -al1
Related forms
prandially, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for prandial
Historical Examples
  • Sharks and wolves may no longer be figured as types of prandial haste.

  • After all, our prandial prejudices are merely the result of custom.

  • Whenever these prandial consultations were held, Archie paid the bill.

    The Claverings

    Anthony Trollope
  • Find it again and you revive that other lost art of prandial conversation.

    The Firing Line Robert W. Chambers
  • Dr. The incident is calculated to impair the appetite and cast a gloom around the prandial board.

    The Silver Shield Sydney Grundy
  • In the end it was neither eggs nor omelettes, but tender, delicate “squabs” the castaways had for their prandial repast.

    The Castaways Captain Mayne Reid
  • In default of prandial attractions, Littimer tried to occupy himself by looking at the people around him.

    True and Other Stories George Parsons Lathrop
  • As the last bars of that prandial melody were dying away, two men crossed the barrack-yard towards the mess-house.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • But for those who have dined with him, all other prandial arrangements are an empty sham.

    Doctor Claudius, A True Story F. Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for prandial


(facetious) of or relating to a meal
Derived Forms
prandially, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Latin prandium meal, luncheon
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Word Origin and History for prandial

"pertaining to dinner," 1820, from Latin prandium "late breakfast, luncheon" (see postprandial). OED reports it as "affected or jocose."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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prandial in Medicine

prandial pran·di·al (prān'dē-əl)
Of or relating to a meal.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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