[pohst-pran-dee-uh l]


after a meal, especially after dinner: postprandial oratory; a postprandial brandy.

Origin of postprandial

1810–20; post- + Latin prandi(um) meal + -al1
Related formspost·pran·di·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for post-prandial

Historical Examples of post-prandial

  • I was smoking my post-prandial cigar at the time, at peace with all the world.

  • St. Peter ain't going to take no post-prandial siestas from now on.

    Blue Goose

    Frank Lewis Nason

  • To my mind this was something more than the post-prandial levity it was meant to be.

    Marse Henry (Vol. 2)

    Henry Watterson

  • From his perch on the blacksmith's anvil he spoke between the puffs of his post-prandial pipe.

    Humorous Ghost Stories

    Dorothy Scarborough

  • His arrival was celebrated by another feast and post-prandial business agreement, and New France began its brief existence.

British Dictionary definitions for post-prandial



of or relating to the period immediately after lunch or dinnera postprandial nap
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Word Origin and History for post-prandial



also post-prandial, 1820, from post- "after" + Latin prandium "luncheon" (usually bread, fish, or cold meat, taken around noon), from *pram "early" (from PIE *pre-, variant of root per- (1) "forward, through;" see per) + edere "to eat" (see edible) + -al (1).

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post-prandial in Medicine




Following a meal, especially dinner.
Related formspost•prandi•al•ly adv.
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