gingerbread


gin·ger·bread

noun \ˈjin-jər-ˌbred\

: a cake or cookie made with molasses and ginger

Full Definition of GINGERBREAD

1
:  a cake whose ingredients include molasses and ginger
2
[from the fancy shapes and gilding formerly often applied to gingerbread] :  lavish or superfluous ornament especially in architecture
gingerbread adjective
gin·ger·bread·ed \-ˌbre-dəd\ adjective
gin·ger·bready \-dē\ adjective

First Known Use of GINGERBREAD

15th century

gingerbread

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In architecture and design, elaborately detailed embellishment, either lavish or superfluous. Though the term is occasionally applied to such highly detailed and decorative styles as the Rococo, it usually refers to the hand-carved and -sawn wood ornamentation of the Carpenter Gothic style.

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