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meal1

[meel] /mil/
noun
1.
the food served and eaten especially at one of the customary, regular occasions for taking food during the day, as breakfast, lunch, or supper.
2.
one of these regular occasions or times for eating food.
Origin
900
before 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
Related forms
mealless, adjective

meal2

[meel] /mil/
noun
1.
a coarse, unsifted powder ground from the edible seeds of any grain:
wheat meal; cornmeal.
2.
any ground or powdery substance, as of nuts or seeds, resembling this.
Origin
before 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
Related forms
mealless, adjective
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Examples from the web for meals
  • Dill seeds were traditionally used to soothe the stomach after meals.
  • The supporters were given meals by frg in return for protesting.
  • These ovens are primarily used for reheating food and making microwave meals and popcorn.
British Dictionary definitions for meals

meal1

/miːl/
noun
1.
  1. any of the regular occasions, such as breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc, when food is served and eaten
  2. (in combination): mealtime, related adjective prandial
2.
the food served and eaten
3.
(informal) make a meal of, to perform (a task) with unnecessarily great effort
Word Origin
Old English mǣl measure, set time, meal; related to Old High German māl mealtime

meal2

/miːl/
noun
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.
(mainly US) maize flour
Derived Forms
meal-less, adjective
Word Origin
Old English melu; compare Dutch meel, Old High German melo, Old Norse mjöl
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Word Origin and History for meals

meal

n.

"food; time for eating," c.1200 (perhaps late Old English), mel "appointed time for eating," also "a meal, feast," from Old English mæl "fixed time, occasion, a meal," from Proto-Germanic *mæla- (cf. Old Frisian mel "time;" Middle Dutch mael, Dutch maal "time, meal;" Old Norse mal "measure, time, meal;" German Mal "time," Mahl "meal;" Gothic mel "time, hour"), from PIE *me-lo-, from root *me- "to measure" (see meter (n.2)). Original sense of "time" is preserved in piecemeal. Meals-on-wheels attested from 1961. Meal ticket first attested 1870 in literal sense of "ticket of admission to a dining hall;" figurative sense of "source of income or livelihood" is from 1899.

"edible ground grain," Old English melu "meal, flour," from West Germanic *melwan "grind" (cf. Old Frisian mele "meal," Old Saxon melo, Middle Dutch mele, Dutch meel, Old High German melo, German Mehl, Old Norse mjöl "meal;" Old Saxon, Old High German, Gothic malan "to grind," German mahlen), from PIE root *mele- "to grind" (see mallet).

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meals in Medicine

meal 1 (mēl)
n.

  1. The edible whole or coarsely ground grains of a cereal grass.

  2. A granular substance produced by grinding.

meal 2
n.

  1. The food served and eaten in one sitting.

  2. A customary time or occasion of eating food.

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Slang definitions & phrases for meals

meal

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square


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meals in the Bible

are at the present day "eaten from a round table little higher than a stool, guests sitting cross-legged on mats or small carpets in a circle, and dipping their fingers into one large dish heaped with a mixture of boiled rice and other grain and meat. But in the time of our Lord, and perhaps even from the days of Amos (6:4, 7), the foreign custom had been largely introduced of having broad couches, forming three sides of a small square, the guests reclining at ease on their elbows during meals, with their faces to the space within, up and down which servants passed offering various dishes, or in the absence of servants, helping themselves from dishes laid on a table set between the couches." Geikie's Life of Christ. (Comp. Luke 7:36-50.) (See ABRAHAM'S BOSOM ØT0000055; BANQUET ØT0000434; FEAST.)

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Idioms and Phrases with meals

meal

In addition to the idiom beginning with meal ; also see square meal
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