adjective ce·re·al \ˈsir-ē-əl\

Definition of CEREAL

:  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



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

: a breakfast food made from grain

Full Definition of CEREAL

:  a plant (as a grass) yielding starchy grain suitable for food; also :  its grain
:  a prepared foodstuff of grain (as oatmeal or cornflakes)

Examples of CEREAL

  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.

First Known Use of CEREAL


Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel
CEREAL Defined for Kids


noun ce·re·al \ˈsir-ē-əl\

Definition of CEREAL for Kids

:  a plant (as a grass) that produces grain for food
:  a food prepared from grain <breakfast cereals>

Word History of 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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