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[pran-dee-uh l]
  1. of or relating to a meal, especially dinner.
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Origin of prandial

1810–20; < Latin prandi(um) luncheon, meal + -al1
Related formspran·di·al·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for prandial

Historical Examples

  • Sharks and wolves may no longer be figured as types of prandial haste.

    The Oxford Book of American Essays


  • After all, our prandial prejudices are merely the result of custom.

  • Whenever these prandial consultations were held, Archie paid the bill.

    The Claverings

    Anthony Trollope

  • Find it again and you revive that other lost art of prandial conversation.

    The Firing Line

    Robert W. Chambers

  • Dr. The incident is calculated to impair the appetite and cast a gloom around the prandial board.

    The Silver Shield

    Sydney Grundy

British Dictionary definitions for prandial


  1. facetious of or relating to a meal
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Derived Formsprandially, adverb

Word Origin

C19: from Latin prandium meal, luncheon
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Word Origin and History for prandial


"pertaining to dinner," 1820, from Latin prandium "late breakfast, luncheon" (see postprandial). OED reports it as "affected or jocose."

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prandial in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to a meal.
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