- meal moth,
- meal ticket,
- mealie meal,
- mealie pap
Origin of meal1
Origin of meal2
Origin of -meal
Examples from the Web for meal
Yet we keep doing the cleanses, buying the meal replacement bars, and joining Weight Watchers.
In the mid-afternoon, Ramos and Liu were parked on Tomkins Avenue on a meal break.
What better way to bring up a serious issue without commandeering the meal?
Every meal is included, including desserts and yes, even wedding cakes.
The company makes money by adding a 15 percent surcharge to the price of the meal.
This is all that was said between them on the subject, and, immediately the meal was over, they retired to their rooms.Halcyone|Elinor Glyn
If you do get hungry for a second meal, eat at the most convenient time; but do not eat until you have a really earned hunger.The Science of Being Well|Wallace Delois Wattles
He would have liked bread and salt, but was in no mood to grumble over his meal.The Bungalow Boys North of Fifty-Three|Dexter J. Forrester
The time has now arrived for your own meal, and make the most of it.Mr. Punch At Home|Various
He was no less delighted to see the boys than Aunt Lucy had been, and the meal was a merry one.The Golden Boys and Their New Electric Cell|L. P. Wyman
- any of the regular occasions, such as breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc, when food is served and eaten
- (in combination)mealtime Related adjective: prandial
Word Origin for meal
Word Origin for meal
"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).
In addition to the idiom beginning with meal
- meal ticket
; also see
- square meal