meal

1
[ meel ]
/ mil /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. meadville,
  2. meager,
  3. meagerly,
  4. meagerness,
  5. meagre,
  6. meal moth,
  7. meal ticket,
  8. mealie,
  9. mealie meal,
  10. mealie pap

Origin of meal

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English mǣl measure, fixed time, occasion, meal; cognate with German Mal time, Mahl meal, Old Norse māl, Gothic mēl time, hour

Related formsmeal·less, adjective

meal

2
[ meel ]
/ mil /

noun

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 meal

2
before 900; Middle English mele, Old English melu; cognate with German Mehl, Dutch meel, Old Norse mjǫl; akin to Gothic malan, Latin molere to grind. See mill1

Related formsmeal·less, adjective

-meal

a native English combining form, now unproductive, denoting a fixed measure at a time: piecemeal.

Origin of -meal

Middle English -mele, Old English -mǣlum, combining form representing mǣl meal1

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British Dictionary definitions for meal

meal

1
/ (miːl) /

noun

  1. any of the regular occasions, such as breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc, when food is served and eaten
  2. (in combination)mealtime Related adjective: prandial
the food served and eaten
make a meal of informal to perform (a task) with unnecessarily great effort

Word Origin for meal

Old English mǣl measure, set time, meal; related to Old High German māl mealtime

noun

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
Derived Formsmeal-less, adjective

Word Origin for meal

Old English melu; compare Dutch meel, Old High German melo, Old Norse mjöl

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Word Origin and History for meal
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Idioms and Phrases with meal

meal

In addition to the idiom beginning with meal

  • meal ticket

; also see

  • square meal
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