Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dish consisting of beaten eggs cooked until set and folded over, often around a filling.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A dish consisting of eggs beaten lightly, with the addition of milk, salt, and sometimes a little flour; it is browned in a buttered pan on the top of the stove. Omelets are some-times prepared with cheese, ham, parsley, jelly, fish, or other additions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Cookery) A dish consisting of eggs beaten up with a little flour, etc., and cooked in a frying pan until just set into a semisolid consistency; it may be folded around e.g. ham or cheese or jelly. When additional ingredients are mixed in, the names of the ingredients may be mentioned in the name of the omelet
  • noun an omelet containing chopped pieces of ham, onion, and green peppers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun American Alternative form of omelette.

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

  • noun beaten eggs or an egg mixture cooked until just set; may be folded around e.g. ham or cheese or jelly

Etymologies

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

[French omelette, from Old French amlette, alteration of alumette, variant of alumelle, probably from (la) lemelle, (the) knife blade, from Latin lāmella, diminutive of lāmina, thin plate.]

Examples

  • In story forty-one: Spitting in the omelet is a fine revenge.

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  • If you eat breakfast, the western omelet is the best i've eaten, and the onion rings are killer.

    Greasy Spoons

  • If you eat breakfast, the western omelet is the best i've eaten, and the onion rings are killer.

    Greasy Spoons

  • You will be surprised that if this omelet is wrapped in a chapati or made into rolls its one non messy meal ideal for kids and adults on a move.

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  • You will be surprised that if this omelet is wrapped in a chapati or made into rolls its one non messy meal ideal for kids and adults on a move.

    Tomato Omlette

  • Instead of the usual toast, this omelet is served with wedges of freshly-baked pita bread.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • A well made omelet is a thing of beauty and can make the dreariest of mornings a festive occasion with fillings as simple as ham and cheese or a few sorrel leaves, wild mushrooms (The Georgian Room makes a divine one) or roasted vegetables, to something as fancy as smoked salmon or fish roe.

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  • If one can make a plain French omelet, it may be converted into many, many kinds.

    Many Ways for Cooking Eggs

  • A plain French omelet is, perhaps, one of the most difficult of all things to make; that is, it is the most difficult to have well made in the ordinary private house.

    Many Ways for Cooking Eggs

  • But the omelet was not just on the anchors 'faces, the omelet was a messed up election.

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