bread

noun
\ˈbred \

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 \ 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

Since her successful experimentation, the breads have been around the world. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "All I Want for Christmas Is a Light-Up Croissant," 3 Dec. 2018 This may come as a shock to some makeup minds, but bread is a great source of beauty inspiration. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Madelaine Petsch Used Bread as a Hair Tie," 20 Sep. 2018 Perhaps bread really could be to blame for all of civilization. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Archeologists Find World's Oldest Bread," 17 July 2018 Review continues below gallery One of the key elements to a stellar banh mi is the bread and Ngon Appetit delivers its interpretation on a true-to-form baguette with a pleasant crust that gives way to a pillowy interior. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Ngon Appetit keeps it simple with 3 items — soup, sandwiches, crepes," 11 July 2018 Some diners might say bread wet with drippings is too homespun for a dish that costs $68. New York Times, "It’s Not Fake French, It’s Frenchette," 10 July 2018 This bread is best frozen if not consumed the same day. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Artistry, flavor blends are marks of Moroccan," 10 July 2018 Fry the sandwiches on both sides until bread is browned and sandwich is heated through. Robert Klose, The Christian Science Monitor, "My tuna fish revelation," 20 June 2018 They are cooked until the whites are set but the yolk is still runny and the bread is golden brown. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "Eggs in a hole, French edition," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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 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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More Definitions for bread

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 \

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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