Definition of oat
1a : any of several grasses (genus Avena); especially : a widely cultivated cereal grass (A. sativa)b : a crop or plot of the oat; also : the seed of an oat —usually used in pl. but singular or plural in construction
2 archaic : a reed instrument made of an oat straw
feel one's oats
: to act in a newly self-confident and often self-important manner
Recent Examples of oat from the Web
There are many different kinds of grains, including wheat, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, rye, oats, etc.
Featuring sweet syrup, Lucky Charms oat cereal, marshmallows and vanilla soft serve, the milkshake costs $2.99.
In 12-inch nonstick skillet, toast oats on medium 3 minutes.
Yankee Point’ Carmel creeper (Ceanothus griseus horizonalis), multi-trunk ‘Dynamite’ crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia Whit II), blue oat grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens), ‘Bush Gold’ kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos), ‘
There are many on American grocery shelves including oat and hazelnut milks.
Prices range from $1 for a raspberry oat bar dessert to $19 for sturgeon with red cabbage and wheat berries.
If the seedlings are oat or wheat, just pull them up or cut them off.
The runaway horse was feeling her oats, calmly walking along Ninth Avenue before breaking into a run on 54th street.
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Origin and Etymology of oat
Middle English ote, from Old English āte
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
OAT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of oat for English Language Learners
: a kind of grain that is widely grown
oats : the seeds of the oat plant used as feed for farm animals and in foods (such as bread and oatmeal) for people
OAT Defined for Kids
Definition of oat for Students
1 : a cereal grass grown for its loose clusters of seeds that are used for human food and animal feed
2 oats plural : a crop or the seeds of the oat
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