- the food served and eaten especially at one of the customary, regular occasions for taking food during the day, as breakfast, lunch, or supper.
- one of these regular occasions or times for eating food.
Origin of meal1
- a coarse, unsifted powder ground from the edible seeds of any grain: wheat meal; cornmeal.
- any ground or powdery substance, as of nuts or seeds, resembling this.
Origin of meal2
- a native English combining form, now unproductive, denoting a fixed measure at a time: piecemeal.
Origin of -meal
Examples from the Web for meal
Yet we keep doing the cleanses, buying the meal replacement bars, and joining Weight Watchers.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
December 30, 2014
In the mid-afternoon, Ramos and Liu were parked on Tomkins Avenue on a meal break.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
What better way to bring up a serious issue without commandeering the meal?How to Make It Through Thanksgiving Alive
November 26, 2014
Every meal is included, including desserts and yes, even wedding cakes.Meet the Julia Child of Weed
November 13, 2014
The company makes money by adding a 15 percent surcharge to the price of the meal.The Airbnb of Home-Cooked Meals
November 3, 2014
When milk is used in a meal, what kinds of food may be omitted?
This is suitable for any meal at which potatoes would be served.
It is assumed that the children that are to eat this meal are not infants.
This meal is not in the least unusual, but it is very dainty and pleasing.
What can be done to balance the cost of foods used in a meal?
- any of the regular occasions, such as breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc, when food is served and eaten
- (in combination)mealtime Related adjective: prandial
- the food served and eaten
- make a meal of informal to perform (a task) with unnecessarily great effort
- the edible part of a grain or pulse (excluding wheat) ground to a coarse powder, used chiefly as animal food
- Scot oatmeal
- mainly US maize flour
Word Origin and History 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).
Idioms and Phrases with meal
In addition to the idiom beginning with meal
- meal ticket
; also see
- square meal