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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.
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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Examples from the web for omelette
  • Even if things work out well, eggs will be broken on a scale that promises some industrial omelette-making.
  • The introduction of a common currency created an omelette out of the separated national financial markets that existed beforehand.
  • Or you could have the second option of scrambled style, or an omelette.
  • Whoever has chosen to make an omelette cannot do so without breaking eggs.
  • She then sprinkles plump oysters over the omelette and folds it all together.
  • To cook crepes, heat a well-seasoned crepe or non-stick omelette pan over medium heat.
  • Not enjoyable but explainable, for you cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs.
  • The low glycemic index meal was a vegetable omelette with fruit.
British Dictionary definitions for omelette


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 omelette



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 omelette
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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