oat

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noun, often attributive \ ˈōt \

Definition of oat

1 a :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

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Origin and Etymology of oat

Middle English ote, from Old English āte



OAT Defined for English Language Learners

oat

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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

oat

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noun \ ˈōt \

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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