bread

noun
\ ˈbred How to pronounce bread (audio) \

Definition of bread

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually baked and leavened food made of a mixture whose basic constituent is flour or meal
2 : food, sustenance our daily bread
3a : livelihood earns his bread as a laborer
b slang : money
bread upon the waters
: resources risked or charitable deeds performed without expectation of return

bread

verb
breaded; breading; breads

Definition of bread (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover with bread crumbs a breaded pork chop

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Other Words from bread

Noun

bready \ ˈbre-​dē How to pronounce bready (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for bread

Synonyms: Noun

bucks, cabbage [slang], cash, change, chips, coin, currency, dough, gold, green, jack [slang], kale [slang], legal tender, lolly [British], long green [slang], loot, lucre, money, moola (or moolah) [slang], needful, pelf, scratch [slang], shekels (also sheqels), tender, wampum

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Examples of bread in a Sentence

Noun

She bakes bread every day. The bakery offers a nice selection of breads and pastries.

Verb

She breaded the pork chops before frying them.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These bad boys look gorgeous, and can cook anything under the sun from sautéing vegetables to baking bread. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "Here are the 7 best deals you can get this Friday," 7 June 2019 Sprinkle bacon, shredded cheeses, scallions and red bell pepper over bread, making sure ingredients are evenly distributed. Pour egg mixture over it all. Donna Erickson, Twin Cities, "Donna Erickson: Hearty, make-ahead egg casserole for Father’s Day," 6 June 2019 The meal usually starts with a few antipasti — maybe melon and prosciutto or figs and mascarpone; some good tomatoes with spicy garden basil and glugs of thick green olive oil, unsalted bread. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Use leftover salmon for this fresh pasta with currants and fried capers," 6 June 2019 Lately, the family has been leaning toward sourdough as the toast of choice, though historically that role has been filled by plain, unglamorous bagged white bread. Washington Post, "For my father, making his masala omelet is an act of precision and love," 6 June 2019 The nation’s bread basket had to deal with the polar vortex this year, much greater snow and now major flooding. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: The real impacts of climate change have just begun," 6 June 2019 Small plates including calamari, meatballs and the house specialty white truffle garlic bread range from $5 to $15. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North Italia, Mendocino farms open in new North County shopping centers," 6 June 2019 Over time, Ava Gene’s plans to expand its pasta, dessert and house-baked bread programs, while adding a weekend brunch. Michael Russell, oregonlive.com, "Ava Gene’s reopens Sunday after two-month renovation," 6 June 2019 Teriyaki is the instant version of tare — which is often boiled and reboiled, fed and improved over time, like a starter for a sourdough bread, though it isn’t fermented. Genevieve Ko, latimes.com, "Kitchen Comforts: Teriyaki is the best BBQ sauce that isn’t barbecue at all," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The meat is trimmed, battered and breaded by processors into millions of fish sticks and fast-food filets a day. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Climate Change Drives Fish Into New Waters, Remaking an Industry," 22 Dec. 2018 The practice of sending fish to China to be breaded, seasoned, portioned or packaged has grown in the past two decades, according to U.S. fishing groups. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Fish Caught in America, Processed in China Get Trapped by Trade Dispute," 9 Aug. 2018 There are straight-cut, waffle-cut and crinkle-cut; battered, seasoned or breaded; and with a bit of potato skin or without. Rachel Abrams, The Seattle Times, "Out of the fryer and into the Uber car: Idaho-based Lamb Weston trying to deliver crispy fries," 3 July 2018 Sam’s homemade tomato sauce covered four large risotto balls filled with fresh mozzarella and were breaded and fried, lending a slight crunch to the soft, melting insides. BostonGlobe.com, "Sam’s Kitchen is a hidden gem in Woburn," 19 May 2018 Use a fork to turn over the cutlets (tongs may dislodge the breading); cook until the meat feels firm and the second side is deep golden brown and crisp, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes, reducing the heat as needed to keep the breading from burning. Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "Breaded chicken cutlets that can go in (or on) just about anything | Charlotte Observer," 1 May 2018 Chicken breasts marinated in buttermilk are breaded with cornflake cereal, flour and eggs. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "10 cereal dishes that take childhood favorites out of the breakfast bowl," 6 July 2018 Wynn's ships an approximate half a million pounds of breading annually to Farm Fresh, according to The Virginian-Pilot. Jared Boyd, AL.com, "Virginians are losing their Alabama-style fried chicken and they're really upset," 19 Mar. 2018 There are straight-cut, waffle-cut and crinkle-cut; battered, seasoned or breaded; and with a bit of potato skin or without. Rachel Abrams, The Seattle Times, "Out of the fryer and into the Uber car: Idaho-based Lamb Weston trying to deliver crispy fries," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of bread

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1629, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bread

Noun

Middle English breed, from Old English brēad; akin to Old High German brōt bread, Old English brēowan to brew

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bread

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bread

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a baked food made from a mixture of flour and water

bread

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bread (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (food) with bread crumbs before cooking it

bread

noun
\ ˈbred How to pronounce bread (audio) \

Kids Definition of bread

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a baked food made from flour or meal
2 : food sense 1 our daily bread

bread

verb
breaded; breading

Kids Definition of bread (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover with bread crumbs

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