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

  • n. Hulled wheat boiled in milk and flavored with sugar and spices.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A porridge made by boiling hulled wheat, typically with additional ingredients such as milk, egg yolks, and/or almond milk, traditionally served with venison or porpoise. Frumenty was often the first dish on the menu of a medieval English feast.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Food made of hulled wheat boiled in milk, with sugar, plums, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dish made of hulled wheat boiled in milk and seasoned, especially used in England and in some of the southern United States at Christmas.
  • n. Wheat mashed for brewing.

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

  • n. sweet spiced porridge made from hulled wheat


Middle English frumente, from Old French froumentee, from froument, grain, from Latin frūmentum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French frumentee, from frument ("grain"), from Latin frūmentum. (Wiktionary)



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  • "To follow there were desserts such as frumenty, a sweet porridge of wheat boiled in milk and spices, and sugary confections of spices and dried fruits, washed down with spiced wine and ale..."
    --Jack Turner, _Spice: The History of a Temptation_ (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), 105

    December 2, 2016

  • "They passed within twenty yards of each other on either side of the frumenty seller's striped tent, Pell and Bean heading toward the grounds of the cathedral, Joe Ridley to the nearest tavern."
    The Bride's Farewell by Meg Rosoff, p 38

    June 25, 2010

  • Boiled wheat, usually with milk, eggs, dried fruit. Occasionally strengthened with alcohol. Served with meat (cf pudding in the savoury sense) or as a farmhouse breakfast on Christmas Day, way back when in post-medieval England. Also spelled "furmenty", "formity", and other variants. An important plot component in Thomas Hardy's ''The Mayor of Casterbridge''.

    December 28, 2008