Meaning of “meal” in the English Dictionary

"meal" in British English

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mealnoun

uk /mɪəl/ us /mɪəl/

meal noun (FOOD)

A1 [ C ] an occasion when food is eaten, or the food that is eaten on such an occasion:

a hot meal
a three-course meal
a heavy (= large) meal
a light (= small) meal
I have my main meal at midday.
How about coming over for a meal sometime?

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meal noun (POWDER)

[ U ] a substance that has been crushed to make a rough powder, especially plant seeds crushed to make flour or for animal food:

bone meal
corn meal

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

"meal" in American English

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mealnoun

us /mil/

meal noun (FOOD)

[ C ] an occasion when food is served or eaten, esp. breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or the food itself on such an occasion:

I don’t enjoy preparing three meals a day every day.

meal noun (POWDER)

[ U ] a substance that has been crushed to make a rough powder, esp. plant seeds crushed to make flour or for animal food

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

"meal" in Business English

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mealnoun

uk /miːl/ us

[ C ] an occasion when food is eaten, or the food which is eaten on such an occasion:

go out/take sb out for a meal He took the whole team out for a meal at the end of the project.
have/eat a meal I have my main meal at midday.
a heavy/light/hot meal
a three-course meal

[ U ] a substance which has been crushed to make a rough powder, especially plant seeds crushed to make flour or for animal food:

bone meal
soya meal
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(Definition of “meal” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)