omelet

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noun om·e·let \ˈäm-lət, ˈä-mə-\
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omelette

Definition of omelet

  1. :  beaten eggs cooked without stirring until set and served folded in half Her omelet had a filling of cheese, peppers, and meat.

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Origin and Etymology of omelet

French omelette, alteration of Middle French amelette, alemette, alteration of alemelle thin plate, ultimately from Latin lamella, diminutive of lamina


OMELET Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of omelet for English Language Learners

  • : a dish made from eggs that are mixed together, cooked without stirring, and served folded in half often with a filling of cheese, vegetables, or meat


OMELET Defined for Kids

omelet

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noun om·e·let \ˈäm-lət, ˈä-mə-lət\
variants: or

omelette

\ˈäm-lət, ˈä-mə-lət\

Definition of omelet for Students

  1. :  beaten eggs cooked without stirring until firm and folded in half often with a filling

History for omelet

Although the word omelet does not have much resemblance to the Latin word lamina, the shape of an omelet does resemble a thin plate, which is what lamina, the ultimate source of omelet, means. The Romans used the noun lamella, which is derived from lamina, to mean “thin metal plate.” Lamella became lemelle in Old French, then, by a long series of changes, amelette or omelette by about 1600. The word also took on the additional meaning “dish of beaten eggs,” and was borrowed from French into English in the 1600s.


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