[oht-meel, -meel]


meal made from ground or rolled oats.
a cooked breakfast food made from this.
a grayish-fawn color.


made with or containing oatmeal: oatmeal cookies.

Origin of oatmeal

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at oat, meal2
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Related Words for oatmeal

porridge, cereal, food

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British Dictionary definitions for oatmeal



meal ground from oats, used for making porridge, oatcakes, etc
  1. a greyish-yellow colour
  2. (as adjective)an oatmeal coat
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Word Origin and History for oatmeal

late 14c., from oat + Middle English mele (see meal (n.2)).

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