meal·​time | \ ˈmēl-ˌtīm How to pronounce mealtime (audio) \

Definition of mealtime

: the usual time for serving a meal

Examples of mealtime in a Sentence

Take one pill at mealtime. The two children have different mealtimes.
Recent Examples on the Web Published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, a 2004 review suggests that protein-rich foods (including eggs!) is the most filling option available at mealtime, even with smaller portions compared to other nutrients. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways Eggs Supercharge Your Health Through Your Diet," 20 Jan. 2021 Arabs, Romans, Sicilians, Byzantines, Berbers and more have all, at one point or another, called this land on the Mediterranean home, and that is all on display come mealtime. New York Times, "How to Pretend You’re in Tunis Tonight," 12 Jan. 2021 As mealtime wound down, the monkeys began to groom each other—their way to not only eliminate parasites but also placate a superior or form an alliance. Maciek Pożoga, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Japan’s Wild Snow Monkeys Can Teach Us About Animal Culture," 5 Jan. 2021 Plus, getting together and chatting over my favorite mealtime is an extra bonus! Candace Bond-theriault, SELF, "6 Ways I’m Navigating Holiday Loneliness This Year," 16 Dec. 2020 One adjustment Amtrak has made during the pandemic is serving meals in sleeping-car passengers’ quarters, rather than having people come to a dining car at mealtime. Washington Post, "Aboard Amtrak’s Crescent, surprising comfort and welcome seclusion on a slow train to Mississippi," 2 Dec. 2020 Whatever meager substance puddled in Bob Cratchit’s miserable bowl at mealtime was a bountiful feast compared with this paper. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Jill Biden’s Garbage Dissertation, Explained," 17 Dec. 2020 This baby, who normally is very genteel at mealtime was unleashed, not letting go of the pickle. Amanda Mcelfresh,, "Gambit Promo: 40th Anniversary Reader Stories (presented by PJ's Coffee of New Orleans)," 15 Dec. 2020 Jellied cranberry sauce can be served at room temperature or slightly chilled by keeping the can in the refrigerator until mealtime. Paul Sullivan,, "Column: It won’t be a normal Thanksgiving in 2020, but at least we still have the Detroit Lions and jellied cranberry sauce to enjoy," 26 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of mealtime

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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10 Feb 2021

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“Mealtime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mealtime

: the usual time when a meal is eaten

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