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meal

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noun \ˈmēl\

Definition of meal

  1. 1 :  an act or the time of eating a portion of food to satisfy appetite

  2. 2 :  the portion of food eaten at a meal



Origin and Etymology of meal

Middle English meel appointed time, meal, from Old English mǣl; akin to Old High German māl time, Latin metiri to measure — more at measure


First Known Use: before 12th century


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meal

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Definition of meal

  1. 1 :  the usually coarsely ground and unbolted seeds of a cereal grass or pulse; especially :  cornmeal

  2. 2 :  a product resembling seed meal especially in particle size or texture



Origin and Etymology 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


-meal

adverb combining form

Definition of -meal

  1. :  by a (specified) portion or measure at a time <piecemeal>



Origin and Etymology of -meal

Middle English -mele, from Old English -mǣlum, from mǣlum, dative plural of mǣl



MEAL Defined for Kids

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meal

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noun \ˈmēl\

Definition of meal for Students

  1. 1 :  the food eaten or prepared for eating at one time

  2. 2 :  the act or time of eating




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meal

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noun

Definition of meal for Students

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



History for 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.”


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meal

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noun \ˈmē(ə)l\

Medical Definition of meal

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




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