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meal

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[ meel ]
/ mil /
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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.

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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
mealless, adjective

Definition for meal (2 of 3)

meal2
[ 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
mealless, adjective

Definition for meal (3 of 3)

-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 mǣlmeal1
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British Dictionary definitions for meal (1 of 2)

meal1
/ (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
Old English mǣl measure, set time, meal; related to Old High German māl mealtime

British Dictionary definitions for meal (2 of 2)

meal2
/ (miːl) /

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
meal-less, adjective
Old English melu; compare Dutch meel, Old High German melo, Old Norse mjöl
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Medical definitions for meal (1 of 2)

meal 11
[ mēl ]

n.

The edible whole or coarsely ground grains of a cereal grass.
A granular substance produced by grinding.

Medical definitions for meal (2 of 2)

meal 22
[ mēl ]

n.

The food served and eaten in one sitting.
A customary time or occasion of eating food.
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Idioms and Phrases with meal

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