noun[mass noun] British
An old-fashioned dish consisting of hulled wheat boiled in milk and seasoned with cinnamon and sugar.
- They served it with frumenty, the wet ancestor of the packeted breakfast cereal, and with an early version of poivrade sauce.
- Within was a frumenty of beans rich with shreds of dried pig, and made savoury with turnips, cabbages, and onion.
- The eating of the frumenty is undertaken in silence, no talking until the last person has finished.
Late Middle English: from Old French frumentee, from frument, from Latin frumentum 'corn'.
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