bed-and-break·​fast ˈbed-ən(d)-ˈbrek-fəst How to pronounce bed-and-breakfast (audio)
: an establishment (such as an inn) offering lodging and breakfast

Examples of bed-and-breakfast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At their century-old Hollywood Hills home, a former bed-and-breakfast to the stars filled with European stained glass windows, Ms. Getty hosts family dinners twice a week. Jessica Testa, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Now, my recipe inspiration comes from travels to bed-and-breakfast and country inns. Eugenia W. Bell, Southern Living, 30 Oct. 2023 The island has a small smattering of quaint hotels and bed-and-breakfasts, but this is the type of place to settle into a house rental for barbecuing in the yard and feasting on oysters available at nearby farms between April and November. Sara Lieberman, Travel + Leisure, 25 Oct. 2023 This Maine Resort Has Heated Igloos, an Ice Bar, and an Oceanfront Hot Tub for a Magical Winter Getaway The Saltair Inn For those who prefer classic bed-and-breakfast accommodations, The Saltair Inn is located in Bar Harbor with views of Frenchman Bay. Erinne Magee, Travel + Leisure, 16 Oct. 2023 For guests who want to go off-registry, one editor suggests a gift certificate to a special restaurant, or perhaps a night at a nearby bed-and-breakfast. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, 5 Oct. 2023 For a stay that mirrors your sightseeing plans, there’s at least one Airbnb in a historic house, as well as a traditional bed-and-breakfast inn known as Beall Mansion. Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, 13 Sep. 2023 Outside of the park itself, travelers can find a number of local bed-and-breakfasts in the small surrounding towns. Kelsey Fowler, Travel + Leisure, 7 Sep. 2023 Idalia struck in the sweltering late summer, when tourism is low, giving places like Cedar Key and Keaton Beach, where Idalia’s center made landfall, at least a little time to get mom-and-pop shops, seafood shacks and bed-and-breakfasts back on their feet. Jacey Fortin, New York Times, 31 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bed-and-breakfast was in 1978

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“Bed-and-breakfast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a place for tourists to stay that offers lodging and breakfast

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