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  1. meals

    A meal is an eating occasion that takes place at a certain time and includes consumption of food. The names used for specific meals in English vary, depending on the speaker's culture, the time of day, or the size of the meal. Although they can be eaten anywhere, meals typically take place in homes, restaurants, and cafeterias. Regular meals occur on a daily basis, typically several times a day. Special meals are usually held in conjunction with such occasions as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and holidays. A meal is different from a snack in that meals are generally larger, more varied, and more filling than snacks.The type of food that is served or consumed at any given time depends on regional customs. Three main meals are often eaten in the morning, early afternoon, and evening in most modern civilizations. Further, the names of meals are often interchangeable by custom as well. Some serve dinner as the main meal at midday, with supper as the late afternoon/early evening meal; while others may call their midday meal lunch and their early evening meal supper or dinner. Except for "breakfast", these names can vary from region to region or even from family to family.

Editors Contribution

  1. mealsnoun

    Plural noun of meal.

    We don't eat regular meals in our house, we tend to eat a variety of foods as a snack when we feel hungryrather than sit down to a big meal.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 29, 2016  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MEALS

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Meals is ranked #24305 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Meals surname appeared 1,032 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Meals.

    84.5% or 873 total occurrences were White.
    10.3% or 107 total occurrences were Black.
    1.9% or 20 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 19 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.6% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'meals' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4021

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'meals' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3282

Anagrams for meals »

  1. amels

  2. lames

  3. lamés

  4. males

  5. mesal

  6. Salem

  7. Selma

  8. semla

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of meals in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of meals in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of meals in a Sentence

  1. Gilbert Ott:

    I skip meals no matter how I fly, the idea of eating at midnight throws off your whole next day, and I think there’s credible science that it hurts your ability to recover from jet lag.

  2. Tina Smith:

    They clean office buildings and keep us safe and secure and serve millions of meals a year, why should these hardworking people be forced to pay the price of the shutdown themselves?

  3. Kim Yong-gu:

    We pay for accommodation, meals and other utility costs in order not to lose them to another factory.

  4. Sanam Hafeez:

    Be sure to have healthy snacks on hand so you can nibble throughout the day, as opposed to holding out for bigger meals.

  5. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho:

    We need to reach a resolution that honors the work of our dedicated employees, while respecting the rights our children have to a quality education, meals and access to enriching school activities.

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