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omelet \om"e*let\, omelette \om"e*lette\, n. [F. omelette, OF. amelette, alumete, alumelle, perh. fr. L. lamella. Cf. Lamella.] (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; as, a plain omelet. When additional ingredients are mixed in, the names of the ingredients may be mentioned in the name of the omelet; as, a ham and cheese omelet; a bacon and cheese omelet

western omelet an omelet containing chopped pieces of ham, onion, and green peppers.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1610s, from French omelette (16c.), metathesis of alemette (14c.), from alemele "omelet," literally "blade (of a knife or sword)," probably a misdivision of la lemelle (mistaken as l'alemelle), from Latin lamella "thin, small plate," diminutive of lamina "plate, layer" (see laminate). The food so called from its flat shape. The proverb "you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs" (1859) translates French On ne saurait faire une omelette sans casser des oeufs. Middle English had hanonei "fried onions mixed with scrambled eggs" (mid-15c.).


n. (context American spelling English) (alternative form of omelette English)


n. beaten eggs or an egg mixture cooked until just set; may be folded around e.g. ham or cheese or jelly [syn: omelette]

Usage examples of "omelet".

Finally they managed to halt the gossip long enough to help themselves to plates of steaming seafood omelets, oversize portions of grits and grillades and mouth watering eggs Benedict.

On open shelves stood omelet pans, soufflé dishes, copper bowls, a fish poacher, salad baskets, and a few culinary objects that remained a mystery to the uninitiated.

The omelet was plasticky but not bad, and the biscuits dripped with gravy full of cracklins.

So he dove into the cooking with great good humor, whipping up a batch of dinner omelets that had Mati and Prez cooing in admiration.

Use the strips for a Chili Lime Pork Salad or a Chili Lime Pork Omelet, or just wrap them up in low-carb tortillas with a little salsa and sour cream.

She laughed and they went to the kitchen, where he produced cheese omelets, sprinking red paprika and green parsley on them in honor of Christmas.

There was trout from the hills--honest, speckled trout--and a pie of partridges slain prematurely--and what Archie pronounced to be the best beef he had eaten outside England--and an omelet of kidneys and mushrooms--and little tartlets of young raspberries.

Gabriel and Christian ignored their steaming coffee, beignets, and omelets to listen, enraptured and respectfully, to the story of Apollonius of Tyana.

She went to it and took out the etouffee, then spooned it into the rapidly firming omelet.

The combination of Wild Turkey and the etouffee omelet had proved too much for him.

As the last of the omelet disappeared into her mouth, Amaya leaned across, pan in hand.

Allie stayed for lunch, which meant that they cooked omelets for themselves and found some reasonable cheese to follow.

Tory allowed her plate to be loaded with omelet, ham, scones and a small side dish of oatmeal, until she was afraid that the china would crack under the weight.

She felt extremely green and new to it all, as she ordered consomme and an omelet.

On her plate was a plump four-egg omelet oozing cheddar cheese and stippled with saut6ed onions.