\ 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


breaded; breading; breads

Definition of bread (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover with bread crumbs Bread the pork chops and place them in the pan.

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

Synonyms for bread

Synonyms: Noun

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Bread is a food consisting of flour or meal that is moistened, kneaded into dough, and often fermented using yeast, and it has been a major sustenance since prehistoric times. With the right ingredients, it can be a source of complex carbohydrates and B vitamins (add whole wheat, and you increase its nutritional value). Through synecdoche, its name rose to refer to any source of food or sustenance. Reference to a path to sustenance followed in the 18th century. "I was under no necessity of seeking my bread," recounts Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. Dough had already been used to refer to money in 19th-century slang and, in a natural extension, bread was served with the same meaning in the jazz and beat slang of the mid-20th century ("Dean just raced in society, eager for bread and love," writes beatnik Jack Kerouac).

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Meals are included and served family style, with fresh fish, shrimp, chicken, fruit, and homemade bread (as well as options to accommodate dietary needs). Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 11 May 2022 Not just any bread though: the star is a wafer-thin flatbread studded with herbs and mandolin-thin slices of vegetables, like fossils set in amber. Liam Hess, Vogue, 11 May 2022 The largest increases for April were in airfares; food, including meat and bread; shelter; and new vehicles. Rob Wile, NBC News, 11 May 2022 In turn, Schwebel’s has had to raise wholesale bread prices more than 10 percent, with another hike likely in July. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Place tomatoes, pepper, garlic, almonds and bread on a sheet tray. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 May 2022 Breakfast cereal prices rose 2.4% in April and are up 12.1% from a year ago, and bread costs increased 2% and 9.1% yearly. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 11 May 2022 Jeni’s previously experimented with other savory flavors, including Parmesan and zucchini bread, and young Gouda with moonshine cranberries. Katie Deighton, WSJ, 8 May 2022 López Severiano had reportedly been cleaning the machine, used to make bread, at the time of the incident. Jason Duaine Hahn,, 4 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The high-hydration dough undergoes a 30-hour cold fermentation, yielding a moist, bubbly bread with a chewy texture, according to Dennig. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Oct. 2021 This session will bread down how parents can access materials and stay connected. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Aug. 2020 Staten Island Angelina’s Ristorante Listed as costoletta con burrata, the veal Parm at this upscale spot comes breaded, pounded and topped with burrata and tomato. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 5 May 2020 If the bread hasn’t gone rock-solid, tear into pieces and pulse it in your food processor, then keep your fresh breadcrumbs in the freezer for topping a pan of mac and cheese or breading a chicken cutlet. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appétit, 2 Apr. 2020 Chicken cutlets are ideal for breading and frying to bring restaurant-style cooking to your kitchen. Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2020 To bread the pork, cover each piece in flour mix, fully submerge into the egg and water mixture and then coat with panko breadcrumbs. Mike Sutter,, 2 Apr. 2020 One of Irondale Cafe’s specialties was unripe tomatoes that were sliced, breaded, and deep-fried. Eric Velasco, al, 12 Mar. 2020 It’s fried and breaded perfectly before being coated in a sweet, spicy, tangy red sauce. John-john Williams Iv,, 25 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of bread


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


circa 1600, 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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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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