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adjective ce·re·al \ˈsir-ē-əl\

Definition of cereal

  1. :  relating to grain or to the plants that produce it; also :  made of grain



Origin of cereal

French or Latin; French céréale, from Latin cerealis of Ceres, of grain, from Ceres


First Known Use: 1818

Rhymes with cereal


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cereal

noun ce·re·al

Simple Definition of cereal

  • : a plant (such as a grass) that produces grain that can be eaten

  • : a breakfast food made from grain

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cereal

  1. 1 :  a plant (as a grass) yielding starchy grain suitable for food; also :  its grain

  2. 2 :  a prepared foodstuff of grain (as oatmeal or cornflakes)

Examples of cereal in a sentence

  1. Wheat and barley are common cereals.

  2. Some kinds of cereal have a lot of added sugar.

  3. Some cereals have a lot of added sugar.



1832

First Known Use of cereal

1832


CEREAL Defined for Kids

cereal

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noun ce·re·al \ˈsir-ē-əl\

Definition of cereal for Students

  1. 1 :  a plant (as a grass) that produces grain for food

  2. 2 :  a food prepared from grain <breakfast cereals>



History for cereal

In Roman mythology Ceres was the goddess of agriculture. A Latin word Cerealis, “of Ceres,” was formed from her name. Since Ceres was in charge of grain and grain plants, Cerealis came to mean “of grain” as well. The English word cereal came from this Latin word.



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