meal

When you eat a meal, you sit down and dine on food. Breakfast is usually the first meal of the day, but if you oversleep your first meal might be lunch instead.

You can use the word meal to talk about the occasion (like dinner or brunch), or about the food itself. For example, you might say that chili and cornbread is your favorite meal during the colder months, or that a fast food hamburger eaten in the car is a poor excuse for a meal. Yet another meaning of meal is "edible ground grain or beans," like cornmeal or soybean meal.

Primary Meanings of meal

1.
n
any of the occasions for eating food that occur by custom or habit at more or less fixed times
2.
n
coarsely ground foodstuff; especially seeds of various cereal grasses or pulse
Full Definitions of meal
1

n any of the occasions for eating food that occur by custom or habit at more or less fixed times

Type of:
occasion
the time of a particular event

n the food served and eaten at one time

Synonyms:
repast
Types:
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mess
a meal eaten in a mess hall by service personnel
square meal
a substantial and nourishing meal
potluck
whatever happens to be available especially when offered to an unexpected guest or when brought by guests and shared by all
refection
a light meal or repast
breakfast
the first meal of the day (usually in the morning)
brunch
combination breakfast and lunch; usually served in late morning
dejeuner, lunch, luncheon, tiffin
a midday meal
afternoon tea, tea, teatime
a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes
dinner
the main meal of the day served in the evening or at midday
supper
a light evening meal; served in early evening if dinner is at midday or served late in the evening at bedtime
buffet
a meal set out on a buffet at which guests help themselves
picnic
any informal meal eaten outside or on an excursion
bite, collation, snack
a light informal meal
nosh-up
a large satisfying meal
ploughman's lunch
a meal consisting of a sandwich of bread and cheese and a salad
banquet, feast, spread
a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed
Passover supper, Seder
(Judaism) the ceremonial dinner on the first night (or both nights) of Passover
refreshment
snacks and drinks served as a light meal
continental breakfast, petit dejeuner
a breakfast that usually includes a roll and coffee or tea
business lunch
lunch (usually at a restaurant) where business is discussed and the cost is charged as a business expense
high tea
substantial early evening meal including tea
cookout
an informal meal cooked and eaten outdoors
nosh
(Yiddish) a snack or light meal
coffee break, tea break
a snack taken during a break in the work day
smorgasbord
an assortment of foods starting with herring or smoked eel or salmon etc with bread and butter; then cheeses and eggs and pickled vegetables and aspics; finally hot foods; served as a buffet meal
power breakfast
a meeting of influential people to conduct business while eating breakfast
Type of:
aliment, alimentation, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, sustenance, victuals
a source of materials to nourish the body
2

n coarsely ground foodstuff; especially seeds of various cereal grasses or pulse

Types:
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kibble
coarsely ground grain in the form of pellets (as for pet food)
Indian meal, cornmeal
coarsely ground corn
farina
fine meal made from cereal grain especially wheat; often used as a cooked cereal or in puddings
matzah meal, matzo meal, matzoh meal
meal made from ground matzos
oatmeal, rolled oats
meal made from rolled or ground oats
pea flour
meal made from dried peas
pinole
meal made of finely ground corn mixed with sugar and spices
Type of:
food product, foodstuff
a substance that can be used or prepared for use as food

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