Definitions for cerealˈsɪər i əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ce•re•alˈsɪər i əl(n.)

  1. any plant of the grass family, as wheat, rye, oats, or corn, yielding an edible grain.

    Category: Plants

  2. the grain itself.

    Category: Plants

  3. some edible preparation of it, esp. a breakfast food.

  4. (adj.)of or pertaining to grain or the plants producing it.

    Category: Plants

Origin of cereal:

1590–1600; < L Cereālis of, pertaining to Ceres ; see -al1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cereal, cereal grass(noun)

    grass whose starchy grains are used as food: wheat; rice; rye; oats; maize; buckwheat; millet

  2. grain, food grain, cereal(noun)

    foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses

  3. cereal(adj)

    a breakfast food prepared from grain

  4. cereal(adj)

    made of grain or relating to grain or the plants that produce it

    "a cereal beverage"; "cereal grasses"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. cereal(noun)ˈsɪər i əl

    breakfast food eaten with milk

    to eat cereal in the morning; a selection of cereals


  1. cereal(Noun)

    A type of grass (such as wheat, rice or oats) cultivated for its edible grains.

  2. cereal(Noun)

    The grains of such a grass.

  3. cereal(Noun)

    Breakfast cereal.

    Would you like some cereal?

  4. cereal(Noun)

    A particular type of breakfast cereal.

    Which cereal would you like for breakfast?

  5. Origin: From céréale, from Cerealis, from Ceres, from ker-, from which also Latin sincerus (English sincere) and Latin cresco (English crescent).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cereal(adj)

    of or pertaining to the grasses which are cultivated for their edible seeds (as wheat, maize, rice, etc.), or to their seeds or grain

  2. Cereal(noun)

    any grass cultivated for its edible grain, or the grain itself; -- usually in the plural


  1. Cereal

    Cereal is a grass cultivated for the edible components of their grain, composed of the endosperm, germ, and bran. Cereal grains are grown in greater quantities and provide more food energy worldwide than any other type of crop; they are therefore staple crops. In their natural form, they are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, oils, and protein. However, when refined by the removal of the bran and germ, the remaining endosperm is mostly carbohydrate and lacks the majority of the other nutrients. In some developing nations, grain in the form of rice, wheat, millet, or maize constitutes a majority of daily sustenance. In developed nations, cereal consumption is moderate and varied but still substantial. The word cereal derives from Ceres, the name of the Roman goddess of harvest and agriculture.

Anagrams of cereal

  1. claree

  2. cleare

  3. relace

Translations for cereal

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a kind of grain used as food

Wheat and barley are cereals; (also adjective) cereal crops.

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