- The definition of a meal is a specific or designated time or occasion at which you eat food, or is the food that is consumed.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner are examples of meals.
- Eggs and bacon are an example of a meal.
Friends enjoying a meal together.
meal definition by Webster's New World
- any of the times, esp. the customary times, for eating, as breakfast, lunch, or dinner
- the food served or eaten at such a time
Origin: Middle English mele ; from Old English mæl, a measure, fixed time, meal, akin to German mal, time, mahl, meal ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mē-, to measure
- any edible grain, or the edible part of any grain, coarsely ground and unbolted: cornmeal
- any substance similarly ground or powdered
Origin: Middle English mele ; from Old English melu, akin to German mehl ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mel-, to grind, soft from source mill
Origin: Middle English -mele ; from Old English -mælum ; from mæl, measure, time (see meal) plush adv. dative -um
meal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The edible whole or coarsely ground grains of a cereal grass.
- A granular substance produced by grinding.
Origin: Middle English mele, from Old English melu; see melə- in Indo-European roots.
- The food served and eaten in one sitting.
- A customary time or occasion of eating food.
Origin: Middle English mele, from Old English mǣl; see mē-2 in Indo-European roots.