cereal

[seer-ee-uh l]

noun

any plant of the grass family yielding an edible grain, as wheat, rye, oats, rice, or corn.
the grain itself.
some edible preparation of it, especially a breakfast food.

adjective

of or relating to grain or the plants producing it.

Origin of cereal

1590–1600; < Latin Cereālis of, pertaining to Ceres; see -al1
Related formsnon·ce·re·al, adjective, noun
Can be confusedcereal serial
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Related Words for cereal

wheat, grain, corn, rice, bran, rye, oats

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Contemporary Examples of cereal

  • Along with crowds, Cereal Killer has also drawn polarizing responses from the public and the media.

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    Cereal Cafe’s Big Bowl of Hate

    David Levesley

    December 14, 2014

  • In “Cartoons and Cereal,” he sings, “Reminisce when I had the morning appetite/ Apple Jacks, had nothing that I hit the TV Guide.”

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    Cereal Cafe’s Big Bowl of Hate

    David Levesley

    December 14, 2014

  • You can even buy containers of their Cereal Milk in select stores.

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    Cereal Cafe’s Big Bowl of Hate

    David Levesley

    December 14, 2014

  • Cereal brings back memories of lazy mornings and easy extravagance, a time when worries were few and comfort was plenty.

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    Cereal Cafe’s Big Bowl of Hate

    David Levesley

    December 14, 2014

  • America already has a cereal cafe, Cereality, which has a store in Virginia and at the Dallas Fort Worth airport.

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    Cereal Cafe’s Big Bowl of Hate

    David Levesley

    December 14, 2014

Historical Examples of cereal


British Dictionary definitions for cereal

cereal

noun

any grass that produces an edible grain, such as oat, rye, wheat, rice, maize, sorghum, and millet
the grain produced by such a plant
any food made from this grain, esp breakfast food
(modifier) of or relating to any of these plants or their productscereal farming

Word Origin for cereal

C19: from Latin cereālis concerning agriculture, of Ceres 1
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Word Origin and History for cereal
n.

1832, "grass yielding edible grain," originally an adjective (1818) "having to do with edible grain," from French céréale (16c., "of Ceres;" 18c. in grain sense), from Latin Cerealis "of grain," originally "of Ceres," from Ceres, Italic goddess of agriculture, from PIE *ker-es-, from root *ker- "to grow" (see crescent). The application to breakfast food cereal made from grain is American English, 1899.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cereal in Science

cereal

[sîrē-əl]

A grass, such as corn, rice, sorghum, or wheat, whose starchy grains are used as food. Cereals are annual plants, and cereal crops must be reseeded for each growing season. Cereal grasses were domesticated during the Neolithic Period and formed the basis of early agriculture.
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