from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A grass such as wheat, oats, or corn, the starchy grains of which are used as food.
  • n. The grain of such a grass.
  • n. Any of several other plants or their edible seed or fruit, such as buckwheat or grain amaranth.
  • n. A food prepared from any of these plants, especially a breakfast food made from commercially processed grain.
  • adj. Consisting of or relating to grain or to a plant producing grain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of grass (such as wheat, rice or oats) cultivated for its edible grains.
  • n. The grains of such a grass.
  • n. Breakfast cereal.
  • n. A particular type of breakfast cereal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • n. Any grass cultivated for its edible grain, or the grain itself; -- usually in the plural.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or relating to edible grain; producing farinaceous seeds suitable for food.
  • n. A gramineous plant cultivated for the use of its farinaceous seeds as food; any one of the annual grain-plants, as wheat, rye, barley, oats, rice, millet, or maize.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. grass whose starchy grains are used as food: wheat; rice; rye; oats; maize; buckwheat; millet
  • n. a breakfast food prepared from grain
  • adj. made of grain or relating to grain or the plants that produce it
  • n. foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Latin cereālis, of grain, from Cerēs, Ceres; see ker-2 in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French céréale ("having to do with cereal"), from Latin Cerealis ("of or relating to Ceres"), from Ceres ("Roman goddess of agriculture"), from Proto-Indo-European *ker- (“grow”), from which also Latin sincerus (English sincere) and Latin crēscō ("grow") (English crescent).


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