• WordNet 3.6
    • n omelette beaten eggs or an egg mixture cooked until just set; may be folded around e.g. ham or cheese or jelly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n omelette (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
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Omelette a pancake chiefly of eggs, beaten up with flour, &c., and fried in a pan.
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You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs - This idiom means that in order to achieve something or make progress, there are often losers in the process.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. omelette, OF. amelette, alumete, alumelle, perh. fr. L. lamella,. Cf. Lamella
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. amelette (Fr. omelette), which through the form alemette is traced to alemelle, the O. Fr. form of Fr. alumelle, a thin plate, a corr. of lemelle—L. lamella, lamina, a thin plate.


In literature:

You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.
"The Limit" by Ada Leverson
The objection to an omelette is, that it is too rich, which makes it advisable to eat but a small quantity.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
I can't cook an omelette.
"A Tangled Tale" by Lewis Carroll
You cannot have an omelette without the sacrifice of an egg.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
Omelette Souflee a la vanille 111 408.
"Desserts and Salads" by Gesine Lemcke
He could make an omelette or sew on a button with woman's skill.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
Henceforth eggs and omelettes became a regular part of the breakfast, and the puddings were notably improved.
"Out on the Pampas" by G. A. Henty
Didn't I make you a nice omelette only a few days ago?
"The Pines of Lory" by John Ames Mitchell
Our acquaintance resulted from his tipping a rum omelette into my lap.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
A little while ago it was the carpenter's horse that trod in a nest of fourteen eggs, and made an omelette of our hopes.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In poetry:

This thing which you would almost bet
Portrays a Spanish omelette,
Depicts instead, with wondrous skill,
A horse and cart upon a hill.
"Post-Impressionism" by Bert Leston Taylor

In news:

The idea of an omelette burrito for dinner does sound not only tasty but inexpensive.
The finished omelette features eggs ordered from Merrifield Farm Inc in Auburn.
Phil's un-eggspected egg-ceptional omelette recipe.
After Velu had prepared his version of an omelet a couple times, I offered to show him how I make an American omelet — sometimes spelled omelette .
Usually on Saturday mornings, I make omelettes for everyone.
Omelettes can be tricky little devils.
I continued to practice making omelettes over the years until last week.
Goat Cheese & Apple Omelette.
Atomic Omelette and Grill.
Phil's un-eggspected egg -ceptional omelette recipe.
Babineau, who is a vegetarian, usually eats one egg a day as a source of protein, either boiled or prepared as an omelette.
This Italian version of an omelette is delicious as a breakfast entrée or with a salad for dinner.
So you think you know what an omelet is — sometimes spelled omelette .
Omelette and Friends Studio Halloween Party.
Omelette Terry Ray and friends Motley Man.