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



    BrE BrE//ˈsɪəriəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪriəl//
    Carbohydrates, Crops
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  1. 1 [countable] one of various types of grass that produce grains that can be eaten or are used to make flour or bread. Wheat, barley and rye are all cereals. cereal crops Wordfinderblight, cereal, crop, genetically modified, grain, harvest, monoculture, organic, staple, yield See related entries: Carbohydrates, Crops
  2. 2[uncountable] the grain produced by cereal crops See related entries: Carbohydrates
  3. 3 [countable, uncountable] food made from the grain of cereals, often eaten for breakfast with milk breakfast cereals a bowl of cereal See related entries: Carbohydrates
  4. Word Originearly 19th cent. (as an adjective): from Latin cerealis, from Ceres, the goddess of agriculture in Roman mythology.Extra examples I have cereal for breakfast. a big bowl of cereal a wholewheat cereal fortified with B group vitamins fortified breakfast cereals
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