len·​til ˈlen-tᵊl How to pronounce lentil (audio)
: a widely cultivated Eurasian annual leguminous plant (Lens culinaris) with flattened edible seeds and leafy stalks used as fodder
: the seed of the lentil

Examples of lentil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the best high protein foods include lean meats like chicken, turkey, and beef, as well as seafood, Greek yogurt, lentils, and legumes. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 The diet of Blue Zone centenarians consists largely of legumes, like black beans, azuki beans, soybeans, lentils, and broad beans, while meat is consumed only five times a month. Alessandra Signorelli, Vogue, 14 Mar. 2024 The case also includes another creamy concoction, dal makhani, a dish with black lentils. Suhasini Raj Anindito Mukherjee, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 People should also consider eating more legumes, such as beans and lentils, and incorporate nuts like walnuts, pistachios and almonds into their meals. Katia Hetter, CNN, 22 Feb. 2024 Peanuts are not nuts but legumes related to beans and lentils. Deb Wiley, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Feb. 2024 Drain any remaining liquid and transfer the lentils to a clean bowl. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 4 Feb. 2024 The lentils will become soft and break down into a smooth, creamy consistency. Jennifer Lover, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Once the lentils are tender, cauliflower florets are added to cook until soft, then the mixture is pureed until smooth. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French lentille, from Latin lenticula, diminutive of lent-, lens

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lentil was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lentil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lentil. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


len·​til ˈlent-ᵊl How to pronounce lentil (audio)
: a Eurasian plant of the legume family widely grown for its flattened edible seeds and leafy stalks used as food for cattle
also : its seed

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