oat

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noun, often attributive \ˈōt\

Definition of oat

  1. 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. 2 archaic :  a reed instrument made of an oat straw

feel one's oats

  1. :  to act in a newly self-confident and often self-important manner

Origin and Etymology of oat

Middle English ote, from Old English āte


First Known Use: before 12th century



OAT Defined for English Language Learners

oat

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noun, often attributive \ˈōt\

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. 1 :  a cereal grass grown for its loose clusters of seeds that are used for human food and animal feed

  2. 2 oats plural :  a crop or the seeds of the oat



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