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

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It's infused with soothing oatmeal and scored points among our testers with sensitive skin. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Use Spray Sunscreen the Right Way, According to Dermatologists," 15 Feb. 2019 Nutmeg As another spice that can add a bit of sweetness to your food, nutmeg is great on top of fruit and in yogurt and oatmeal. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "11 Spices Everyone Should Have in Their Pantry," 23 Mar. 2019 Make the most out of this sweet and savory coconut topping by pairing it with ice cream, yogurt, or oatmeal. Make soup: Heat large Dutch oven on medium-low. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Spiced Fresh Tomato Soup with Sweet and Herby Pitas," 9 Oct. 2018 In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, oatmeal, and sea salt. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "Take picnic food up a notch by adding Parisian flair | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 Apr. 2018 Lean proteins fuel your brain to think straight, and complex carbs, like oatmeal or multigrain bread, keep you in a good mood. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "10 Easy Ways to Streamline Your Day," 18 Nov. 2010 During this time, make sure to avoid harsh or exfoliating cleansers and stick to gentle ones that contain ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal, which can help protect and soothe inflamed skin, Dr. Zeichner advises. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Beware of Phytophotodermatitis, The Weird Sun Reaction That Could Definitely Ruin Your Summer," 18 Aug. 2018 Repeat layering with remaining oatmeal, yogurt, and strawberries. Lisa Lillien, PEOPLE.com, "Hungry Girl: Upgrade Your Breakfast with This Protein-Packed Recipe," 28 May 2018 In a large bowl, mix together one cup flour with the oatmeal, cornmeal, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Sugar High: The Surprising Dessert Recipe Perfect for BBQs," 24 May 2017

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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
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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