\ ˈbred How to pronounce bread (audio) \

Definition of bread

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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


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

Synonyms for bread

Synonyms: Noun

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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 That meatball sub and other sandwiches made on their outstanding bread will become a more significant part of the trailer’s regular menu. Paul Stephen,, "Wild Barley Kitchen Co. food truck has one of San Antonio’s best meatball subs," 12 Feb. 2020 Romkey dropped a few slices of bread into the toaster and, using a clunky computer, turned the toaster on. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The WIRED Guide to the Internet of Things," 10 Feb. 2020 The pieces of bread are extremely acidic because the mother yeast is made with sour cherries. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "And the Award for Oscar-Season Watering Hole Goes to...Gucci," 7 Feb. 2020 According to Breville, one-cubic-foot can roast a 14-pound turkey or toast up to nine slices of bread. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "The best air fryers—and why your friends love them so much," 31 Jan. 2020 Soups also tend to be served on their own, with maybe just a piece of bread as an accompaniment, while stews are often served over rice or alongside polenta or mashed potatoes. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "Stew vs. Soup: Everything You Need to Know," 28 Jan. 2020 The recipe is based on Portuguese sweet bread, which is super rich from plenty of eggs, butter, and sugar. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "King’s Hawaiian Rolls Are My Sandwich Secret Weapon," 21 Jan. 2020 Odds last updated at 6:35 a.m. ET. Prediction Bucks 118, Spurs 102 The Bucks (-910) are heavy favorites against the flailing Spurs (+600), but avoid laying this kind of bread for such a small return. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "San Antonio Spurs at Milwaukee odds, picks and best bets," 4 Jan. 2020 Among them are olives, eggs, figs, almonds, lentils, and even a loaf of bread, sliced and ready to eat. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Dine Like a Doomed Pompeiian at This Upscale Eatery," 27 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Foods not cold enough, including: breaded chicken in salad bar; roast beef in sandwich prep area; roast beef in deli salad case; a finished roast beef sandwich on display. oregonlive, "These 21 Oregon grocery stores did the worst on state health inspections," 10 Jan. 2020 In 2 batches, place 2 slices bread mayo-side down in the skillet. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Classic Patty Melt," 18 Dec. 2019 Katsu is a traditional Japanese dish, typically made with pork or chicken, in which a cutlet is pounded thin, breaded in panko, and deep-fried. Michael R. Shea, Field & Stream, "The Complete Guide to Cooking and Eating Venison Offal," 25 Nov. 2019 For non-seafood eaters, the restaurant offers chicken tenders or chicken wings breaded or tossed in a selection of one of the house sauces. al, "The Seafood King is now open in Hoover," 21 Oct. 2019 The inclusion of a fried green tomato seemed to be out of place, and the breading quotient was already met with the fried chicken and biscuit. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This biscuit-based breakfast spot is taking over Louisville — and is 'worth every crumb'," 11 Dec. 2019 Many of the sticks were simply breading with little to nothing inside, and the ones that actually did have zucchini in them were rendered into an unappetizing yellowish goo. Chuck Blount,, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Rocket’s Feed in Schertz," 29 Nov. 2019 The house of Doritos Locos Tacos and the mystifying Crunchwrap Supreme is scaling back the theatrics with Crispy Tortilla Chicken -- aka, chicken strips breaded with jalapeno buttermilk and tortilla chips. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "This is Taco Bell's answer to the chicken sandwich wars. But is it even a sandwich?," 20 Nov. 2019 Mavericks: Fish is not just for Lent here, as the fish basket ($8.99) is available every day and comes with two size 6 chancla-size pieces that come piping hot, with crunchy breading that gives way to tender and flaky layers of whitefish. Chuck Blount,, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Longhorn Cafe," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bread


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


1629, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bread


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

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“Bread.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bread

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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

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


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Kids Definition of bread

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


breaded; breading

Kids Definition of bread (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover with bread crumbs

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