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 Such pumps decide how much insulin to deliver at mealtimes, and machine learning can help determine the right dose for a patient. Wired, "Researchers Want Guardrails to Help Prevent Bias in AI," 21 Nov. 2019 Sometimes, certain substances can cause nausea on an empty stomach, in other cases, compounds are more effective when taken at mealtime. Rudy Sanchez,, "Here’s why you should take CBD with food," 3 Dec. 2019 Other studies found being an only or last-born child was associated with obesity, possibly due to the ways that parents behaved during mealtimes: less praise, more association with food as a reward and more negative control over food choices. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Only children are more likely to be obese, study says," 6 Nov. 2019 In the immediate aftermath, lines spilled out onto the sidewalk, with waits topping two hours during busy mealtimes. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "German-style doner kebab sensation Balkan House opening new location in Ferndale," 31 Oct. 2019 Because Zachary had previously been denied food, the Morrises paid special attention to him at mealtime. Lizz Schumer, Woman's Day, "Childhelp Children’s Advocacy Center Is Aiding Victims of Abuse," 12 Nov. 2019 Other snapshots in the slideshow include the moments right after Banks was born, full family photos and funny mealtime moments. Georgia Slater,, "Hilary Duff Shares Sweet Never-Before-Seen Photos in Honor of Daughter Banks' First Birthday," 25 Oct. 2019 Loews Hotels elevates mealtime with a cat room-service menu, which includes chef-prepared salmon pate for $12, at 21 of its properties throughout the U.S. and Canada. Kelsey Ogletree, WSJ, "Dogs vs. Cats: Why Pet-Friendly Hotels Are Warming to Felines," 24 June 2019 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen were similarly discommoded at mealtime in public settings. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Justice Gorsuch calls for ‘civility,’ always a code for shutting down free speech," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of mealtime

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2020

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“Mealtime.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mealtime

: the usual time when a meal is eaten

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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