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 Latin cereālis, of grain, from Cerēs, Ceres; see ker-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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). (Wiktionary)


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