- any of the regular occasions, such as breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc, when food is served and eaten
- (in combination): mealtime
- the food served and eaten
- make a meal of ⇒ informal to perform (a task) with unnecessarily great effort
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- food served and eaten at one time:The children were served a hot meal.
- one such regular time or occasion for eating:too many snacks between meals.
meal2 /mil/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]
- Fooda coarse powder ground from the seeds of any grain:barley meal.
- Foodany ground substance, as of nuts or seeds.
- the food served and eaten esp. at one of the customary, regular occasions for taking food during the day, as breakfast, lunch, or supper.
- one of these regular occasions or times for eating food.
- bef. 900; Middle English; Old English mǣl measure, fixed time, occasion, meal; cognate with German Mal time, Mahl meal, Old Norse māl, Gothic mēl time, hour
meal2 (mēl),USA pronunciation n.
- Fooda coarse, unsifted powder ground from the edible seeds of any grain:wheat meal; cornmeal.
- Foodany ground or powdery substance, as of nuts or seeds, resembling this.
- bef. 900; Middle English mele, Old English melu; cognate with German Mehl, Dutch meel, Old Norse mjǫl; akin to Gothic malan, Latin molere to grind. See mill1
- Middle English -mele, Old English -mǣlum, combining form representing mǣl meal1
- the edible part of a grain or pulse (excluding wheat) ground to a coarse powder, used chiefly as animal food
- Scot oatmeal
- chiefly US maize flour