omelet

or om·e·lette

[ om-lit, om-uh- ]
/ ˈɒm lɪt, ˈɒm ə- /
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noun

eggs beaten until frothy, often combined with other ingredients, as herbs, chopped ham, cheese, or jelly, and cooked until set.

Origin of omelet

1605–15; < French omelette, earlier amelette, metathetic form of alemette, variant of alemelle literally, thin plate, variant of Old French lemelle < Latin lāmella. See lamella, -et
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British Dictionary definitions for omelette

omelette

esp US omelet

/ (ˈɒmlɪt) /

noun

a savoury or sweet dish of beaten eggs cooked in fat

Word Origin for omelette

C17: from French omelette, changed from alumette, from alumelle sword blade, changed by mistaken division from la lemelle, from Latin (see lamella); apparently from the flat shape of the omelette
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Word Origin and History for omelette

omelet


n.

1610s, from French omelette (16c.), metathesis of alemette (14c.), from alemele "omelet," literally "blade (of a knife or sword)," probably a misdivision of la lemelle (mistaken as l'alemelle), from Latin lamella "thin, small plate," diminutive of lamina "plate, layer" (see laminate). The food so called from its flat shape. The proverb "you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs" (1859) translates French On ne saurait faire une omelette sans casser des oeufs. Middle English had hanonei "fried onions mixed with scrambled eggs" (mid-15c.).

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