Definition of omelette noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(North American English also omelet) noun
BrE BrE//ˈɒmlət//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːmlət//
Savoury dishes
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  • a hot dish of eggs mixed together and fried, often with cheese, meat, vegetables, etc. added a cheese and mushroom omelette See related entries: Savoury dishes
  • Word OriginFrench, earlier amelette (alteration of alumette), variant of alumelle, from lemele ‘knife blade’, from Latin lamella, diminutive of lamina ‘thin plate’. The association with ‘knife blade’ is probably because of the thin flat shape of an omelette.Idioms
    you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs
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    (saying) you cannot achieve something important without causing a few small problems