Dried grain, as oats or wheat, hulled and broken or crushed; in high milling, cracked fragments of wheat larger than grits.
(countable) A type of grass (such as wheat, rice or oats) cultivated for its edible grains.
the hulled and crushed grain of various cereals
(uncountable) The grains of such a grass.
(uncountable) Breakfast cereal.
‘Would you like some cereal?’; ‘Which cereal would you like for breakfast?’;
Of or pertaining to the grasses which are cultivated for their edible seeds (as wheat, maize, rice, etc.), or to their seeds or grain.
Any grass cultivated for its edible grain, or the grain itself; - usually in the plural.
grass whose starchy grains are used as food: wheat; rice; rye; oats; maize; buckwheat; millet
foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses
a breakfast food prepared from grain
made of grain or relating to grain or the plants that produce it;
‘a cereal beverage’; ‘cereal grasses’;
A cereal is any grass cultivated (grown) for the edible components of its grain (botanically, a type of fruit called a caryopsis), composed of the endosperm, germ, and bran. The term may also refer to the resulting grain itself (specifically ).