Meaning of “cereal” in the English Dictionary

"cereal" in British English

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cerealnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈsɪə.ri.əl/ us /ˈsɪr.i.əl/

C1 a plant that is grown to produce grain:

cereal crops

A2 a food that is made from grain and eaten with milk, especially in the morning:

breakfast cereals

More examples

  • I hate it when cereal goes all soggy, so I try to eat it up quickly.
  • He tipped his breakfast cereal into a bowl and went to get the milk.
  • It's a good idea to eat wholegrain breakfast cereal and to avoid too much sugar.
  • She stood looking at all the different packets of cereal on the supermarket shelves.
  • Drought has stunted the growth of this year's cereal crop.

(Definition of “cereal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cereal" in American English

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cerealnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈsɪər·i·əl/

cereal noun [ C/U ] (FOOD)

a food made from grain that is eaten esp. for breakfast:

[ U ] Do you want cereal or eggs?

cereal noun [ C/U ] (GRASS)

a type of grass that is grown to produce grain:

[ C ] Wheat, rice, and corn are cereals.

(Definition of “cereal” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)