from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The hour or time at which a meal is or should be served; specifically (nautical), the interval during which the meal-pennant is displayed. The term has no reference to length of time.


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  • Not that my resolution was weakening, though my captain let no meal-hour pass without doing his best to weaken it, and more than once had brought me a message from mademoiselle herself begging me to join them at table.

    The Rose of Old St. Louis

  • She had carried local authority in the persons of distressed United States marshals to sea with her from three other ports, and landed it on some outlying point before the next meal-hour.

    "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea

  • But when the meal-hour came, Musa arose and made for him a single scone and no more, and baked it and ate it by himself, while

    Arabian nights. English


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