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noun \ˈbreth\

Simple Definition of breath

  • : the air that you take into your lungs and send out from your lungs when you breathe : air that is inhaled and exhaled in breathing

  • : the ability to breathe freely

  • : an amount of air that you take into your lungs

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of breath

  1. 1 a :  air filled with a fragrance or odor b :  a slight indication :  suggestion <the faintest breath of scandal>

  2. 2 a :  the faculty of breathing <recovering his breath after the race> b :  an act of breathing <fought to the last breath> c :  opportunity or time to breathe :  respite

  3. 3 :  a slight breeze

  4. 4 a :  air inhaled and exhaled in breathing <bad breath> b :  something (as moisture on a cold surface) produced by breath or breathing c :  inhalation

  5. 5 :  a spoken sound :  utterance

  6. 6 :  spirit, animation

breath of fresh air

  1. :  a welcome or refreshing change

in one breath


in the same breath

  1. :  almost simultaneously

out of breath

  1. :  breathing very rapidly (as from strenuous exercise)

under one's breath

  1. :  so as to be barely audible <mumbled something under his breath>

Examples of breath in a sentence

  1. When Oscar Wilde allegedly gestured at the garish wallpaper in his cheap Parisian hotel room and announced with his dying —breath, “Either it goes or I go,” he was exhibiting something beyond an irrepressibly brilliant wit. —Tom Robbins, Harper's, September 2004

  2. I ski as far as I can and stop (in these relatively low-altitude coastal mountains, you don't stop for breath the way you sometimes do in Colorado; here you stop when your legs demand a break) … —Lito Tejada-Flores, Skiing, February 1999

  3. gum that freshens your breath

  4. It's so cold outside that I can see my breath.

  5. My mad dash for the bus left me gasping for breath.

  6. I took a long breath before speaking again.

Origin and Etymology of breath

Middle English breth, from Old English brǣth; akin to Old High German brādam breath, and perhaps to Old English beorma yeast — more at barm

First Known Use: before 12th century

BREATH Defined for Kids


noun \ˈbreth\

Definition of breath for Students

  1. 1 :  ability to breathe :  ease of breathing <I lost my breath for a moment.>

  2. 2 :  air taken in or sent out by the lungs <Hold your breath.> <It's so cold I can see my breath.>

  3. 3 :  a slight breeze <a breath of wind>

out of breath

  1. :  breathing very rapidly as a result of hard exercise

under someone's breath

  1. :  very quietly <“Don't blow this for me,” Dad said under his breath. — Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Loses Control>

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈbreth\

Medical Definition of breath

  1. 1a:  the faculty of breathing <recovering her breath after the race>b:  an act or an instance of breathing or inhaling

  2. 2a:  air inhaled and exhaled in breathing <bad breath>b:  something (as moisture on a cold surface) produced by breath or breathing

out of breath

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