From Latin ientaculum (a breakfast taken immediately on getting up) and English -ar.


  • IPA(key): /dʒɛnˈtæk.jə.ləɹ/
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jentacular (comparative more jentacular, superlative most jentacular)

  1. Of or pertaining to a breakfast taken early in the morning, or immediately upon getting up.
    I took a post-jentacular walk to settle my stomach.
    • 1810, The New Family Receipt-Book. Containing Seven Hundred Truly Valuable. Receipts in various branches of Domestic Economy, page 85:
      To valetudinarians and others the following method of making coffee for breakfast is earnestly recommended, as a most wholesome and pleasant jentacular beverage, first ordered by an able physician.
    • 1860 May-October, George Cupples, “Loch-Na_Diomhair — The Lake of the Secret”, in Macmillan's Magazine, volume 2, page 22:
      On Ickerson's part, with the help of " a few post-jentacular inhalations," as he in his colossal manner was pleased to phrase it, "from that fragrant weed which so propitiates clearness of thought, and tends to promote equanimity in action."
    • 1861 October, “From Oxford to St. George's”, in Baily's magazine of sports and pastimes, volume 2, page 20:
      Nature is nature ; ignore her if you will ; so Grey, like a sensible man, went to work, con amore, at his jentacular meal.

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  • “jentacular” in James Stormonth, Etymological and Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition, William Blackwood and Sons (1879), page 755: “jentacular, a. jĕn-tăk-ūl-ėr (L. jentaculum, a breakfast taken immediately on getting up), applied to a breakfast taken early in the morning, or immediately on getting up: pre-jentacular, applied to what is done early in the morning, as taking a breakfast before getting up.”