Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: omelette, from Latin lamella 'thin plate'

omelette

noun
     
Related topics: Food Dish
omeā€§lette also omelet American English [countable]
1DFF eggs mixed together and cooked in hot fat, sometimes with other foods added:
a cheese omelette
2

you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs

used to say that it is impossible to achieve anything important without causing a few problems

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary