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[om-lit, om-uh-] /ˈɒm lɪt, ˈɒm ə-/
eggs beaten until frothy, often combined with other ingredients, as herbs, chopped ham, cheese, or jelly, and cooked until set.
Also, omelette.
Origin of omelet
1605-15; < French omelette, earlier amelette, metathetic form of alemette, variant of alemelle literally, thin plate, variant of Old French lemelle < Latin lāmella. See lamella, -et Unabridged
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  • When cooked on the bottom, turn the omelet over onto a flat lid or plate.
  • Any leftover mussels can be used the next day to stuff an omelet.
  • Cut in thin slices and put in a hot omelet pan with one and one-half tablespoons butter.
  • Heat omelet pan, put in two tablespoons butter, and when melted turn in four unbeaten eggs.
  • Heat omelet pan, add butter, and as soon as butter is melted add rice.
  • Put sugar in omelet pan, stir constantly over hot part of range until melted to a syrup of light brown color.
  • There are breakfast sandwiches, burritos and an extensive omelet selection.
  • The kitchen will also make an omelet cooked to your exact specifications.
  • Simply shaved over an omelet or incorporated into a rich sauce, the truffle is a culinary luxury.
  • The brunch features a seafood bar and hot entrees and an omelet station.
British Dictionary definitions for omelet


a savoury or sweet dish of beaten eggs cooked in fat
Word Origin
C17: from French omelette, changed from alumette, from alumelle sword blade, changed by mistaken division from la lemelle, from Latin (see lamella); apparently from the flat shape of the omelette
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Word Origin and History for omelet

1610s, from French omelette (16c.), metathesis of alemette (14c.), from alemele "omelet," literally "blade (of a knife or sword)," probably a misdivision of la lemelle (mistaken as l'alemelle), from Latin lamella "thin, small plate," diminutive of lamina "plate, layer" (see laminate). The food so called from its flat shape. The proverb "you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs" (1859) translates French On ne saurait faire une omelette sans casser des oeufs. Middle English had hanonei "fried onions mixed with scrambled eggs" (mid-15c.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for omelet
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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