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[oht-meel, -meel] /ˈoʊtˌmil, -ˈmil/
meal made from ground or rolled oats.
a cooked breakfast food made from this.
a grayish-fawn color.
made with or containing oatmeal:
oatmeal cookies.
Origin of oatmeal
1350-1400; Middle English; see oat, meal2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for oatmeal
  • Oats are used mainly as livestock feed, but also go into oatmeal and other breakfast cereals.
  • It is already testing oatmeal drinks and biscuits, as well as new flavours of porridge.
  • And yes, oatmeal cookies of all sorts are fine, providing they carry a standard amount of sugar and fat.
  • Steel-cut oatmeal is a high-fiber, nutritious way to start the day.
  • We drank coffee and ate oatmeal in the sooty first light of the next morning, then set off.
  • The oatmeal-colored hat features textural floral accents and cozy earflaps that can be secured with a tie or worn flipped up.
  • The next morning, hikers breakfast on fresh rolls and oatmeal with raisins and dried apricots in the dining room.
  • Use leftover oatmeal in these moist, nourishing muffins.
  • Even humble oatmeal has been elevated to the category.
  • Instead of drugs, think soy milk strained through homemade oatmeal cookies.
British Dictionary definitions for oatmeal


meal ground from oats, used for making porridge, oatcakes, etc
  1. a greyish-yellow colour
  2. (as adjective): an oatmeal coat
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Word Origin and History for oatmeal

late 14c., from oat + Middle English mele (see meal (n.2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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