oat·​meal | \ˈōt-ˌmēl, ōt-ˈmēl\

Definition of oatmeal 

1a : meal made from oats

b : rolled oats

2 : porridge made from ground or rolled oats

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Retinol and colloidal oatmeal deliver a brighter, more even skin tone, and jasmine helps calm and exfoliate skin. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "It's Official: You Should Always Shower At Night, Not in the Morning," 3 Oct. 2018 And while a typical serving of oatmeal provides 4-6 grams of protein, adding higher protein ingredients can help bump up the satiety factor even more. Patricia Bannan, Fox News, "10 dietitian-approved breakfasts to keep you full longer," 15 Aug. 2018 Blueberries make a great topper on toast or oatmeal, or whip up this 3-ingredient Blueberry Chia Jam. NBC News, "8 summer superfoods to eat after a tough workout," 11 July 2018 My breakfasts alternate between yogurt and granola and a bowl of oatmeal with butter and brown sugar. Abby Langer, SELF, "Here's What a Registered Dietitian Eats When She Doesn't Meal Prep," 25 May 2018 The pudding is made with oatmeal, pigs blood, pork fat, onions, spices and herbs. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Recipe: Royal wedding scones ready in less than an hour," 18 May 2018 High in a circulation-boosting amino acid called arginine, a bowl of oatmeal helps increase blood flow to all parts of the body. Abigail L. Cuffey, Woman's Day, "5 Foods for Optimal Health," 27 Aug. 2012 Diet plan: Breakfast is egg whites, oatmeal or veggie smoothie. Michelle C. Brooks, ajc, "Michelle Menifee, 47, of Stockbridge lost 35 pounds," 19 June 2018 The restaurant also serves breakfast items like eggs, French toast and oatmeal. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "El Santo Taqueria brings LA-style tacos and salads to Albany Park, plus other restaurant news," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of oatmeal

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

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English Language Learners Definition of oatmeal

: oats that have been ground into flour or flattened into flakes

: a hot breakfast food that is made from oats


oat·​meal | \ˈōt-ˌmēl \

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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