Definition of cereal in English:


Syllabification: ce·re·al
Pronunciation: /ˈsi(ə)rēəl


  • 1A grain used for food, such as wheat, oats, or corn.
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    • The inclusion rates of finely ground feed should be kept to a minimum (for example, ground cereals, maize gluten).
    • The higher inflation levels as observed in November were largely attributed to rising food prices especially mealie meal, maize grain, cereals and cereal products, meat, fish and kapenta.
    • Prepared from germinated and sprouted grain and cereals, their food is rich in various nutrients, vitamins and enzymes and also helps in curing constipation, acidity, piles and skin diseases.
  • 1.1 (usually cereals) A grass producing a cereal grain, grown as an agricultural crop: [as modifier]: low yields for cereal crops
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    • Maize silage and whole crop cereals (eg triticale) are two such alternative forages.
    • Agriculture includes livestock-rearing, viticulture, and crops such as cereals, sugar beet, and potatoes.
    • The winning presentation compared the use of various levels of untreated dairy sludge and vermicomposted dairy sludge for growing vegetables, cereals, grass and flowers.
  • 1.2A breakfast food made from roasted grain, typically eaten with milk: a bowl of cereal [as modifier]: a cereal box
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    • One vet dealt with an iguana which had been fed on breakfast cereal and milk and kept loose in a bedroom with no source of ultraviolet light.
    • There in the kitchen, they made a feeble breakfast of cereal and milk.
    • They all looked at me and I just sat down and I got an empty bowl and the box of cereal and the milk and I fixed my breakfast.


early 19th century (as an adjective): from Latin cerealis, from Ceres, the name of the Roman goddess of agriculture.

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