Cereal definition

sîrē-əl
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Consisting of or relating to grain or to a plant producing grain.
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Any grain used for food, as wheat, oats, or rice.
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Food made from grain, esp. breakfast food, as oatmeal or cornflakes.
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Any of several other plants or their edible seeds or fruit, such as buckwheat or certain species of amaranth.
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A grass, such as corn, rice, sorghum, or wheat, whose starchy grains are used as food. Cereals are annual plants, and cereal crops must be reseeded for each growing season. Cereal grasses were domesticated during the Neolithic Period and formed the basis of early agriculture.
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Any grass producing such grain.
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The definition of cereal is a grain, or a breakfast food made from roasted grains and usually eaten with milk.

An example of a cereal is wheat.

An example of a breakfast cereal is Cheerios.

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(uncountable) The grains of such a grass.
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(uncountable) Breakfast cereal.

Would you like some cereal?

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(countable) A particular type of breakfast cereal.

Which cereal would you like for breakfast?

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Of grain or the grasses producing grain.
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A food prepared from any of these plants, especially a breakfast food made from commercially processed grain.
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A grass such as wheat, oats, or corn, the starchy grains of which are used as food.
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The grain of such a grass.
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(countable) A type of grass (such as wheat, rice or oats) cultivated for its edible grains.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cereal
Plural:
cereals

Origin of cereal

  • From Latin cereālis of grain from Cerēs Ceres ker-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French céréale (“having to do with cereal”), from Latin Cerealis (“of or relating to Ceres”), from Ceres (“Roman goddess of agriculture”), from Proto-Indo-European *ker- (“grow”), from which also Latin sincerus (English sincere) and Latin crēscō (“grow”) (English crescent).

    From Wiktionary