Origin of meal1
Origin of meal2
Origin of -meal
Related Words for mealfare, snack, picnic, dessert, feast, refreshment, dinner, tea, table, special, luncheon, lunch, supper, breakfast, brunch, feed, repast, grub, mess, eats
Examples from the Web for meal
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of meal
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.
What can be done to balance the cost of foods used in a meal?
This meal is not in the least unusual, but it is very dainty and pleasing.
It is assumed that the children that are to eat this meal are not infants.
- 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