\ 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 a breaded pork chop

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Other Words from bread


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 In Japan, where it is also called Shibuya toast after the Tokyo district where the style began, a substantial portion of a loaf is hollowed out and filled with squares of toasted bread, ice cream, syrup and fruit. Kim Severson, New York Times, "What Will We Eat in 2020? Something Toasted, Something Blue," 30 Dec. 2019 Tonya Sims guides her granddaughter through the grocery store, passing produce and bread and milk., "Hidden in plain sight," 5 Dec. 2019 The Sixty South salmon, farm raised in Antarctica, was served with a dill caper yogurt sauce that was light and almost fluffy, and slices of toasted bread. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Oceanic has fine seafood and a view, but service isn’t shipshape," 4 Dec. 2019 There are a variety of toasters, including one that looks like a Stormtrooper helmet ($60) that toasts the Galactic Empire logo onto bread and other items and a Darth Vader ($40 on sale) option that emblazons toast with the Star Wars logo. Sarah Brookbank,, "Bring the Force into your kitchen with these Star Wars gadgets," 3 Dec. 2019 Among other major subsidies are bread and wheat, diesel fuel, heating oil and electricity. Fox News, "Iran navy commander previews potential joint war games with Russia and China, say reports," 1 Dec. 2019 The first thing people want to do in the morning is to start toasting that bread or start wrapping them around slices of ham or turkey. Emily Heil, Washington Post, "‘We can create our own identities’: A new cookbook celebrates the breadth of African American foodways," 18 Nov. 2019 One whiff brought back my memories to fall on campus at Syracuse University, when the leaves turned red and gold and the dining halls served autumnal goodies like pumpkin bread and apple cider donuts. Kasandra Brabaw,, "Pumpkin Spice Lube Is the Fall-Flavored Sex Product You Don't Need in Your Life," 31 Oct. 2019 There are distinct bites of toasted bread on top and an almost-but-not-quite-custardy interior. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "The Perfect Thanksgiving Stuffing: There Will Be Corn Nuts," 30 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Instead of breading and frying the chicken, brine the breasts before seasoning them with paprika, dry mustard, black pepper, and cayenne., "Recipe: While the fast food giants are duking it out over chicken sandwiches, we’re making our own - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 2019 Thomas, however, was thrown right in at age 12, working in the tiny basement under the restaurant cutting and breading walleye and doing dishes. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "State Fair businesses say work is all in the family," 31 Aug. 2019 Each butterfly of yellow Canadian perch is re-scaled by hand and double breaded before hitting the fryer for approximately two minutes. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "These are 9 definitive Downriver dining destinations," 6 Sep. 2019 Two girls from China are breading chicken wings, one person is wrapping plates in plastic wrap. Polly Campbell,, "Try to keep up with the chef of a 40,000-seat baseball-themed restaurant," 9 July 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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 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


\ 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


breaded; breading

Kids Definition of bread (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover with bread crumbs

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