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1meal

noun \ˈmēl\

Definition of MEAL

1
:  an act or the time of eating a portion of food to satisfy appetite
2
:  the portion of food eaten at a meal
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Origin of MEAL

Middle English meel appointed time, meal, from Old English ̄l; akin to Old High German māl time, Latin metiri to measure — more at measure
First Known Use: before 12th century

2meal

noun

Definition of MEAL

1
:  the usually coarsely ground and unbolted seeds of a cereal grass or pulse; especially :  cornmeal
2
:  a product resembling seed meal especially in particle size or texture

Origin of MEAL

Middle English mele, from Old English melu; akin to Old High German melo meal, Latin molere to grind, Greek mylē mill
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Food Terms

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MEAL Defined for Kids

1meal

noun \ˈmēl\

Definition of MEAL for Kids

1
:  the food eaten or prepared for eating at one time
2
:  the act or time of eating

2meal

noun

Definition of MEAL for Kids

:  coarsely ground seeds of a cereal grass and especially of corn

Word History of MEAL

You might assume that the meal of three meals a day and the meal of ground meal, have a common origin, since both words have to do with food. Surprisingly, this is not the case. The meal of ground meal comes from Old English melu, a word akin to Latin molere, to grind and molina, mill. The meal of three meals a day, however, is from Old English mæl or mēl, measure, appointed time, meal time.
Medical Dictionary

meal

noun \ˈmē(ə)l\

Medical Definition of MEAL

:  the portion of food taken at one time to satisfy appetite
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