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 The Searching for Italy host recently spoke with PEOPLE about his ideal warm weather mealtime, childhood summer memories and a new collaboration with a longtime brand partner of his, S. Pellegrino. Sabrina Weiss,, 17 June 2022 Normally that would keep her going until the next mealtime. Nakisanze Segawa, Quartz, 8 June 2022 Chicken and vegetables long ago replaced hot dogs and beans at mealtime. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 June 2022 The family mealtime portion of the videos is a big draw for many fans who see themselves in the Laus. CNN, 20 May 2022 Plus, our lodges had changed their mealtime procedures to distance guests, primarily outdoors, among many other safety measures. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, 18 May 2022 Breakfast and dinner are included in the nightly rate, and mealtime on property is remarkably genteel. Elycia Rubin, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 May 2022 Ground beef is a much loved mealtime staple, and for good reason. Robin Miller, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 Additionally, Isa's family will also be awarded free Gerber products for up to one year, a CGO wardrobe valued at $1,000 provided by Gerber Childrenswear, and a $1,000 gift card from ezpz® for all of Isa's mealtime dishware and utensils. Shafiq Najib,, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mealtime

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jul 2022

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“Mealtime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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