meal·​time ˈmēl-ˌtīm How to pronounce mealtime (audio)
: 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 Remember, too, that rice can play more than a supporting role at mealtimes. Sarah Garone, Health, 30 Mar. 2024 During the first week, SLM measured our mealtime conversations at 80 decibels and the boys’ roughhousing typically hits 90. Amy Paturel, WIRED, 24 Mar. 2024 Improve motor function and help your child meet mealtime milestones with a Teenie Tiny Silicone Developmental Cup from BraveJusticeKidsCo. Lauren Wellbank, Parents, 20 Mar. 2024 For Johnson East and her husband, mealtime means that everyone in the family is eating. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 19 Mar. 2024 If so, consider planning mealtimes as opportunities to gather with other people. Katia Hetter, CNN, 22 Feb. 2024 Easy to understand and mostly inclusive pricing covers meals, beverages at mealtime, many tours, and surprisingly speedy Wi-Fi. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, 19 Mar. 2024 The biggest lesson in the health benefits of mindfulness came at mealtimes. Juliet Kinsman, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Mar. 2024 Each housemate is responsible for cooking one meal a week, and mealtimes are usually social occasions. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mealtime was in the 12th century

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“Mealtime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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meal·​time ˈmēl-ˌtīm How to pronounce mealtime (audio)
: the usual time at which a meal is served

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