Definition of omelette in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɒmlɪt/
(US also omelet)


A dish of beaten eggs cooked in a frying pan and served plain or with a savoury or sweet topping or filling: a cheese omelette
More example sentences
  • Mike Thomson, the owner/manager, will be serving bagels, omelettes, salads, home made soups and baking and pasta dishes.
  • A chef was stationed at one end to cook omelettes and serve bacon, sausages and black pudding.
  • Fresh leaves can be added to soups, stews, omelettes or salads.


one can't make an omelette without breaking eggs

proverb One cannot accomplish something without adverse effects elsewhere.
Translating French On ne saurait faire une omelette sans casser des oeufs
Example sentences
  • Just as surely as you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, you can't build a fairer society without challenging wealth and power.
  • However, as Lenin said, you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.
  • Robespierre was dead right, you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, however I have noticed that politicians can never improve the world without killing a fair amount of the inhabitants which is what Robespierre had just done.


French, earlier amelette (alteration of alumette), variant of alumelle, from lemele 'knife blade', from Latin lamella (see lamella). The association with 'knife blade' is probably because of the thin flat shape of an omelette.

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