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omelet

noun om·e·let \ˈäm-lət, ˈä-mə-\

: a dish made from eggs that are mixed together, cooked without stirring, and served folded in half often with a filling of cheese, vegetables, or meat

Full Definition of OMELET

:  beaten eggs cooked without stirring until set and served folded in half

Variants of OMELET

om·e·let or om·e·lette \ˈäm-lət, ˈä-mə-\

Origin of OMELET

French omelette, alteration of Middle French amelette, alemette, alteration of alemelle thin plate, ultimately from Latin lamella, diminutive of lamina
First Known Use: circa 1611

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OMELETTE Defined for Kids

omelet

noun om·e·let \ˈäm-lət, ˈä-mə-lət\

Definition of OMELET for Kids

:  beaten eggs cooked without stirring until firm and folded in half often with a filling

Variants of OMELET

om·e·let or om·e·lette \ˈäm-lət, ˈä-mə-lət\

Word History of OMELET

Although the word omelet does not have much resemblance to the Latin word lamina, the shape of an omelet does resemble a thin plate, which is what lamina, the ultimate source of omelet, means. The Romans used the noun lamella, which is derived from lamina, to mean thin metal plate. Lamella became lemelle in Old French, then, by a long series of changes, amelette or omelette by about 1600. The word also took on the additional meaning dish of beaten eggs, and was borrowed from French into English in the 1600s.

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