[seer-ee-uh l] /ˈsɪər i əl/
any plant of the grass family yielding an edible grain, as wheat, rye, oats, rice, or corn.
the grain itself.
some edible preparation of it, especially a breakfast food.
of or relating to grain or the plants producing it.
any grass that produces an edible grain, such as oat, rye, wheat, rice, maize, sorghum, and millet
the grain produced by such a plant
any food made from this grain, esp breakfast food
(modifier) of or relating to any of these plants or their products: cereal farming
1832, “grass yielding edible grain,” originally an adjective (1818) “having to do with edible grain,” from French céréale (16c., “of Ceres;” 18c. in grain sense), from Latin Cerealis “of grain,” originally “of Ceres,” from Ceres, Italic goddess of agriculture, from PIE *ker-es-, from root *ker- “to grow” (see crescent). The application to breakfast food cereal made from grain is American English, 1899.
A grass, such as corn, rice, sorghum, or wheat, whose starchy grains are used as food. Cereals are annual plants, and cereal crops must be reseeded for each growing season. Cereal grasses were domesticated during the Neolithic Period and formed the basis of early agriculture.
[sur-tuh-fi-key-shuh n, ser-tif-uh-] /ˌsɜr tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən, sərˌtɪf ə-/ noun 1. the act of . 2. the state of being . 3. a statement. 4. the writing on the face of a check by which it is . 5. Law. a attesting the truth of some statement or event. /ˌsɜːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/ noun 1. the act of […]
noun 1. a word coined and used only for a particular occasion. Compare (def 1). noun 1. a word coined for a single occasion n. “word coined for a special occasion,” 1922, from nonce + word (n.).
[non-shuh-lahns, non-shuh-lahns, -luh ns] /ˌnɒn ʃəˈlɑns, ˈnɒn ʃəˌlɑns, -ləns/ noun 1. the state or quality of being ; cool indifference or lack of concern; casualness. n. 1670s, from French nonchalance (13c.), from nonchalant (see nonchalant).
[non-shuh-lahnt, non-shuh-lahnt, -luh nt] /ˌnɒn ʃəˈlɑnt, ˈnɒn ʃəˌlɑnt, -lənt/ adjective 1. coolly unconcerned, indifferent, or unexcited; casual: His nonchalant manner infuriated me. /ˈnɒnʃələnt/ adjective 1. casually unconcerned or indifferent; uninvolved adj. 1734, from French nonchalant, present participle of nonchaloir “be indifferent to, have no concern for” (13c.), from non- “not” (see non-) + chaloir “have […]