Definition of omelette in English:

omelette

(US omelet)

noun

  • A dish of beaten eggs cooked in a frying pan and served plain or with a savoury or sweet topping or filling.

    ‘a cheese omelette’
    • ‘But there are sandwiches, omelettes, baked potato fillings, pasta sauces for when you are running on empty, and a picture of Karmel and her glowing offspring to inspire you to try harder when you reach for the freezer door.’
    • ‘He once had a faddish private client who insisted on egg-white omelettes, to be cooked without butter or oil in the pan.’
    • ‘Egg-based dishes such as omelettes or frittatas which include cooked vegetables can be prepared quickly and make a wholesome entrée.’
    • ‘My dish there was an omelet with American cheese and onions.’
    • ‘Alongside the roast beef, a cook prepared fresh omelettes and pasta.’
    • ‘I'd like an omelette plain and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast.’
    • ‘The meal included freshly baked bread, salad, omelettes, ham, sausages, maple baked beans and crêpes for dessert.’
    • ‘Connie suggests pasta dishes such as spaghetti bolognese, omelettes, even a healthy salad.’
    • ‘The menu includes jacket potatoes, omelettes, pizza, and panini, and we wouldn't hesitate to have another snack here if the opportunity arose.’
    • ‘They were only serving omelets and sausage today, for some insane reason.’
    • ‘Unlike a classic omelette, you serve it open and finish it off under a grill so that it is set in the middle.’
    • ‘Mike Thomson, the owner/manager, will be serving bagels, omelettes, salads, home made soups and baking and pasta dishes.’
    • ‘A chef was stationed at one end to cook omelettes and serve bacon, sausages and black pudding.’
    • ‘Toss on a little salt after roasting and add to pasta, polenta, pizza and omelets.’
    • ‘The things I can manage are omelettes, Caesar salads and macaroni-and-cheese.’
    • ‘And when I say breakfast, I don't mean just cereal and a bagel; I mean pancakes, omelets, sausage, bacon, the works.’
    • ‘Fresh and colorful alfalfa sprouts, crisp and crunchy mung bean sprouts, or any of the half dozen other kinds of raw sprouts sold in America today add taste and texture to salads, sandwiches, soups, omelets, and other dishes.’
    • ‘Fresh leaves can be added to soups, stews, omelettes or salads.’
    • ‘Growers and ranchers start the day with frittatas, omelets, or chicken-fried steak and three eggs in this historic shack just off the Carneros Highway.’
    • ‘So many fresh foods are incredibly quick to prepare and easily assembled into tempting fast meals - such as soups, omelettes, warm salads and pasta dishes.’

Phrases

  • one can't make an omelette without breaking eggs

    • proverb One cannot accomplish something without adverse effects elsewhere.

      • ‘However, as Lenin said, you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.’
      • ‘It was a pity about the victims, but most of them probably deserved it, and, anyway, ‘you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.’’
      • ‘Those arguing that this is just how modern warfare is waged, and that ‘you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs ’, should note that it is only the US that behaves like this.’
      • ‘Robespierre was dead right, you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, however I have noticed that politicians can never improve the world without killing a fair amount of the inhabitants which is what Robespierre had just done.’
      • ‘As the saying goes, you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.’
      • ‘But you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.’
      • ‘He used to say ‘I put my money on Stalin,’ and dismissed Stalin's mass murder with the quip, ‘you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.’’
      • ‘His reaction to these events, as the Times has noted, was the infamous phrase, ‘you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.’’
      • ‘As for your financial point, it is indeed unfair on Edinburgh rate-payers, but you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.’
      • ‘The New York Times reporter who infamously won a Pulitzer Prize in part for reports that ‘there is no actual starvation’, liked to repeat Robespierre's dictum that ‘you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.’’
      • ‘He taught generations of leftists the moral wisdom that you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.’
      • ‘Just as surely as you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, you can't build a fairer society without challenging wealth and power.’

Origin

French, earlier amelette (alteration of alumette), variant of alumelle, from lemele ‘knife blade’, from Latin lamella (see lamella). The association with ‘knife blade’ is probably because of the thin flat shape of an omelette.

Pronunciation

omelette

/ˈɒmlɪt/