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cereal

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adjective ce·re·al \ ˈsir-ē-əl \
Updated on: 24 Jul 2017

Definition of cereal

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

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cereal Has Roots in Roman Myth

The Roman goddess Ceres, the equivalent of the Greek Demeter, was a calm goddess who didn't take part in the quarrels of the other gods. Her particular responsibility was the food-giving plants, and for that reason the food grains came to carry her name. Cereals of the ancient Romans included wheat, barley, spelt, oats, and millet—but not corn (maize), which was a cereal of the Americas.

Origin and Etymology of cereal

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


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cereal

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Definition of cereal

1 :a plant (such as a grass) yielding starchy grain suitable for food; also :its grain
2 :a prepared foodstuff of grain (such 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.

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First Known Use of cereal

1832


CEREAL Defined for English Language Learners

cereal

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Definition of cereal for English Language Learners

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

  • : a breakfast food made from grain


CEREAL Defined for Kids

cereal

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noun ce·re·al \ ˈsir-ē-əl \

Definition of cereal for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

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cereal

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adjective ce·re·al \ ˈsir-ē-əl \

medical Definition of cereal

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

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cereal

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medical Definition of cereal

1 :a plant (as a grass) yielding farinaceous grain suitable for food; also :its grain
2 :a prepared foodstuff of grain


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