"Meal" is another word for the food that people eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

  • The family sat down at their dinner table and enjoyed a meal of fish, rice, and vegetables.
  • The meal that Olga made for dinner night was quite good.
  • A coupon for that restaurant promises two meals for the price of one.
  • A breakfast consisting of eggs, hash browns, and toast can be a satisfying meal.
  • For some people around the world, lunch is the biggest and most important meal of the day.
  • Bread and water isn’t much of a meal.
  • We have to put our dog outside during mealtime; otherwise, she begs for food.
  • Free meals are provided to the homeless on Thanksgiving.

You can also use the word "meal" when whole grain is crushed and used for cooking or for breakfast:

  • Bob likes to eat oatmeal in the morning.
  • Zelda uses cornmeal as a coating for fried fish.

chicken and fries

Chicken and french fries make a good meal, but where are the vegetables?

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This page was first published on November 13, 2013. It was updated on July 29, 2016.