WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
meal1 /mil/USA pronunciation n. [countable]
  1. food served and eaten at one time:The children were served a hot meal.
  2. one such regular time or occasion for eating:too many snacks between meals.

meal2 /mil/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]
  1. Fooda coarse powder ground from the seeds of any grain:barley meal.
  2. Foodany ground substance, as of nuts or seeds.
meal•y, adj., -i•er, -i•est: a mealy taste.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

meal /miːl/ n
  1. any of the regular occasions, such as breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc, when food is served and eaten
  2. (in combination): mealtime
  3. the food served and eaten
  4. make a meal ofinformal to perform (a task) with unnecessarily great effort
Etymology: Old English mǣl measure, set time, meal; related to Old High German māl mealtime
meal /miːl/ n
  1. the edible part of a grain or pulse (excluding wheat) ground to a coarse powder, used chiefly as animal food
  2. Scot oatmeal
  3. chiefly US maize flour
Etymology: Old English melu; compare Dutch meel, Old High German melo, Old Norse mjöl



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