corn·​meal | \ ˈkȯrn-ˌmēl How to pronounce cornmeal (audio) \

Definition of cornmeal

: meal ground from corn

Examples of cornmeal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several years ago, dining by candlelight with our teenage granddaughters, my husband and I were impressed by mushroom toast, cornmeal fried oysters, turkey potpie, roast duck and the pepperpot stew for which City Tavern was known. New York Times, "The Restaurants We’ve Lost," 28 Dec. 2020 The catering menu is more extensive, with items such as jollof rice, fish curry, black-eyed peas and pumpkin stew, and ugali, the east African cornmeal dish. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Immy's African Cuisine is open for takeout on Milwaukee's northwest side," 21 Nov. 2020 Add to the cornmeal mixture and use a rubber spatula to stir just until incorporated., "Recipe: Cornbread Stuffing with Smoked Oysters," 10 Nov. 2020 Dredge the oysters in the cornmeal mixture and carefully add them to the hot oil. Washington Post, "The secret to superior fried oysters: Listen closely," 27 Oct. 2020 Place the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine., "Recipe: Cornbread Stuffing with Smoked Oysters," 10 Nov. 2020 Whisk together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Mary Heffernen, Country Living, "Skillet Cornbread with Honey Butter," 5 Oct. 2020 Linzer sandwich cookies are traditionally made with ground nuts, but here, corn flour (a more finely ground relative of cornmeal) pinch-hits, creating a melt-in-your mouth, faintly sweet wafer that pairs perfectly with raspberry jam. Washington Post, "12 holiday cookie recipes to end the year on a sweeter note," 2 Dec. 2020 Typically there's an easy recipe on the back of most cornmeal boxes; just omit the sugar. Star Tribune, "Sheet-pan dinners get a Thanksgiving makeover," 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of cornmeal

1749, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jan 2021

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“Cornmeal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cornmeal

: a coarse flour made from crushed corn (sense 1)


corn·​meal | \ ˈkȯrn-ˌmēl How to pronounce cornmeal (audio) \

Kids Definition of cornmeal

: coarse flour made from ground corn

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