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 If your armpits are still burning after removing the product, try taking a lukewarm bath that contains colloidal oatmeal, a soothing ingredient touted for its ability to soften the skin and calm inflammation. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 22 Dec. 2021 Skincare products with hyaluronic acid, oatmeal, and shea butter are all excellent for treating dry skin. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 Winter is full of such seasonal treats: hot chocolate, oatmeal, waffles, hot toddies, rummy egg nog, as well as heavy blankets, fuzzy socks and ugly sweaters. David G. Allan, CNN, 21 Dec. 2021 This all-day breakfast coffeehouse will feature egg sandwiches on baguettes and croissants, avocado toast, acai bowls, oatmeal, chocolate-chip pancakes and 21 styles of coffee and tea. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, 1 Dec. 2021 This recipe combines three classic cookie flavors—peanut butter, oatmeal, and chocolate chip—into one easy-to-make drop cookie perfect for serving a crowd, as one batch makes about five dozen. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, 1 Dec. 2021 The buffet features eggs benedict, scrambled eggs, bacon/sausage, breakfast potatoes, queso (regular and vegan), sausage gravy (regular and vegan), biscuits (regular and vegan), oatmeal, tofu scramble, soy sausage, pancakes, fresh fruit and more. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 7 Aug. 2021 This spread includes poppy milk, Kūčiukai (Christmas cakes) and oatmeal kissels (a fruity beverage thickened with starch). Michele Herrmann, Forbes, 25 Dec. 2021 The donation center is always in need of breakfast items such as individual oatmeal packages, shelf-stable milk, peanut butter and hash browns, Cowan said. Emily Mesner, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Dec. 2021

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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 19 Jan. 2022.

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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 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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