oat·​meal | \ ˈōt-ˌmēl How to pronounce oatmeal (audio) , ōt-ˈmēl \

Definition of oatmeal

1a : meal made from oats
b : rolled oats
2 : porridge made from ground or rolled oats

Examples of oatmeal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brown Butter Oatmeal Chunk Cookies Upgrade your oatmeal cookies with some deliciously sweet brown butter. Juno Demelo, Glamour, "30 Holiday Desserts to Win Your Virtual Bake-Off," 25 Dec. 2020 Gershfeld would pull from her purse a bag of her homemade oatmeal cookies — made with healthy ingredients such as fresh ginger, carrots and bananas — to share. Washington Post, "Avid music lover and violist Miriam Gershfeld, 89, dies of covid," 16 Dec. 2020 The final cookie is crispy-edged, thin, and chewy-centered from the oatmeal, with tiny crispy pecan brittle bits throughout. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Am I Allowed to Pick the Year’s Best Holiday Cookie Yet?," 4 Dec. 2020 The appliance easily whipped up meringue and whipped cream in five minutes, and had no problem powering through the heavy ingredients in the oatmeal cookies. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "The best hand mixers of 2020," 19 Nov. 2020 Shortbread, crinkle, oatmeal, gingerbread, snickerdoodle, and classic chocolate chip cookies were also included in the survey. Christy Piña, Woman's Day, "This Map Shows People's Favorite Holiday Cookie by State, and There's a Lot of Variety," 20 Dec. 2020 If your recipient is a baker or likes a scoop of brown sugar in their oatmeal, they might get frustrated when their brown sugar gets hard and usable. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "30 great gifts under $5 that won't end up in the trash," 11 Dec. 2020 Think dense bar cookies, biscotti or drop-style cookies, such as chocolate chip or oatmeal. Washington Post, "How to turn your annual cookie swap into a long-distance, virtual party," 4 Dec. 2020 Whole milk that has been processed to have more than half of the water taken out, evaporated milk can be used in sauces, stirred into oatmeal or used in hot chocolate. Catherine Lo, Good Housekeeping, "8 Best Substitutes for Heavy Cream That You Probably Have At Home," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of oatmeal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Oatmeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oatmeal. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oatmeal

: oats that have been ground into flour or flattened into flakes
US : a hot breakfast food that is made from oats


oat·​meal | \ ˈōt-ˌmēl How to pronounce oatmeal (audio) \

Kids Definition of oatmeal

1 : oat seeds that have had the outer covering removed and are ground into meal or flattened into flakes
2 : a hot cereal made from meal or flakes of oats

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