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[oht-meel, -meel]
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  1. meal made from ground or rolled oats.
  2. a cooked breakfast food made from this.
  3. a grayish-fawn color.
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  1. made with or containing oatmeal: oatmeal cookies.
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Origin of oatmeal

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at oat, meal2
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porridge, cereal, food

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British Dictionary definitions for oatmeal


  1. 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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