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n. Chiefly British
1. A crisp bread made of fine wheat flour.
2. A rich fruitcake sometimes covered with almond paste and traditionally eaten at mid-Lent, Easter, and Christmas.

[Middle English, from Old French siminel, from Medieval Latin siminellus, ultimately from Latin simila, fine flour; see semolina.]
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Noun1.simnel - a crisp bread of fine white floursimnel - a crisp bread of fine white flour  
bread, breadstuff, staff of life - food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked
2.simnel - a fruitcake (sometimes covered with almond paste) eaten at mid-Lent or Easter or Christmas
fruitcake - a rich cake containing dried fruit and nuts and citrus peel and so on
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
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