[ myoos-lee, myooz‐ ]
/ ˈmyus li, ˈmyuz‐ /


a breakfast cereal similar to granola, usually consisting of rolled oats and dried fruit.

Origin of muesli

Borrowed into English from dialectal German around 1935–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for muesli


/ (ˈmjuːzlɪ) /


a mixture of rolled oats, nuts, fruit, etc, eaten with milk

Word Origin for muesli

Swiss German, from German Mus mush, purée + -li, diminutive suffix
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Word Origin and History for muesli



breakfast dish of oats, fruit, milk, 1926, from Swiss-German, from Old High German muos "meal, mush-like food," from Proto-Germanic *mod-sa-, from PIE root *mad- "moist, wet," with derivatives referring to various qualities of food (see mast (n.2)).

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