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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Begin with recipes such as oatmeal or scrambled eggs that do not require a pot of boiling water or sizzling oil. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "How to start teaching your kids to cook: an age-appropriate guide," 12 June 2018 After finishing his breakfast (oatmeal and coffee), Rivera spoke for about an hour on a number of topics. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "7 things we learned from Panthers’ Ron Rivera at NFL owners meetings | Charlotte Observer," 27 Mar. 2018 Sawdust, old oatmeal, and bread dough were just a few of the favorites. Southern Living, "We Made Southerners Try Cream Of Wheat And It Couldn’t Compare To Grits," 15 June 2018 Across from San Diego, more than 100 asylum-seekers gathered Monday in a large plaza at the Tijuana side of the nation's busiest border crossing, alongside pushcart vendors selling oatmeal, tamales, burritos and smoothies. chicagotribune.com, "Undeterred by Trump, asylum-seekers line up at the border," 7 June 2018 Snack on yogurt, smoothies, and oatmeal bowls topped with slow-roasted granola (try the Carlisle honey variety). Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Tables: Superfine Foods heads to Newburyport, a granola cafe opens in Arlington, and Little Dipper is spotted in JP," 12 July 2018 The restaurant’s early menu has organic pancakes, waffles and oatmeal served with fresh fruits and nuts. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "6 new things to check out in Winter Garden and 3 coming soon," 13 July 2018 This location is open weekdays only and also offers breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Breakfast menu includes a base (three eggs, yogurt, oatmeal). Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Real Food Eatery opens on Market St.," 14 June 2018 The hot oatmeal can be embellished with all sorts of mix-ins. courant.com, "Steel Cut Oats Cook To Perfection In Slow Cooker," 19 Mar. 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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