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[pohst-pran-dee-uh l] /poʊstˈpræn di əl/
after a meal, especially after dinner:
postprandial oratory; a postprandial brandy.
Origin of postprandial
1810-20; post- + Latin prandi(um) meal + -al1
Related forms
postprandially, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for post-prandial
Historical Examples
  • Allison loved his post-prandial cigar,—it agreed with him,—and so did his guest.

  • I was smoking my post-prandial cigar at the time, at peace with all the world.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • For, fired with a post-prandial ambition to obtain a cannon ball, he took to himself a long bamboo, and poked at the tree.

    At Last Charles Kingsley
  • His arrival was celebrated by another feast and post-prandial business agreement, and New France began its brief existence.

  • Daisy was taking a post-prandial nap inside his beer barrel.

  • The Royals do not appear to have been at all indifferent to these post-prandial wit-combats.

  • One evening late in January, Leigh entered Cardington's room with his post-prandial pipe still burning.

    The Mayor of Warwick Herbert M. Hopkins
  • Sharlee was alone in the room, concluding the post-prandial chores with the laying of the Turkey-red cloth.

    Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • And Colville leaned back against the weather-worn seat with the air of one prepared to give a post-prandial attention.

    The Last Hope Henry Seton Merriman
  • It was in fair English, and vastly better than the average of post-prandial discourses.

    Across America James F. Rusling
British Dictionary definitions for post-prandial


of or relating to the period immediately after lunch or dinner: a postprandial nap
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for post-prandial



also post-prandial, 1820, from post- "after" + Latin prandium "luncheon" (usually bread, fish, or cold meat, taken around noon), from *pram "early" (from PIE *pre-, variant of root per- (1) "forward, through;" see per) + edere "to eat" (see edible) + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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post-prandial in Medicine

postprandial post·pran·di·al (pōst-prān'dē-əl)
Following a meal, especially dinner.

post·pran'di·al·ly adv.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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