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 bread (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 Iris Franco runs a bakery at home and delivers the bread on a bike. Amy Taxin, Star Tribune, "Immigrants with temporary status have grown deep roots in US," 2 Apr. 2021 Park pilgrimages were rising at a faster rate than the banana bread ballooning in everyone's ovens. Jeff Jenkins, Travel + Leisure, "The National Parks That Saved Us," 1 Apr. 2021 The gochujang bread transforms that simple sandwich into a whole different experience. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Gochujang bread from Four Kings Bakery in Universal City will make almost all your sandwiches better," 30 Mar. 2021 One misstep in the process can make the bread unsuitable for a family’s Passover table, said Meir, a student at Rabbinical College Bobover Yeshiva in Brooklyn. New York Times, "A Family’s Passover Tradition: Making Matzo in Their Backyard," 26 Mar. 2021 The unleavened bread eaten on Passover, matzah, is made using flour and water, with no yeast. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 24 Mar. 2021 Matzo may be known as the bread of affliction, but the Passover meal is a feast. Bon Appétit, "6 New Passover Recipes From Chefs Who Celebrate," 22 Mar. 2021 But Bar Italia, what appealed to me – the fresh pasta, homemade sauces, On the Rise bread. Marc Bona, cleveland, "How some Cleveland restaurant owners have embraced growth during pandemic," 18 Mar. 2021 In Zucker’s bakery analogy, Scoir is helping schools alter the recipe and bake the bread to individual taste rather than mass produce indistinguishable loads of educational opportunity. Brennan Barnard, Forbes, "Wanted: Students For Admission To College," 12 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This session will bread down how parents can access materials and stay connected. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside schools hosting parent training in online learning," 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, "An Italian Specialty for Spring, Veal, for Takeout and Delivery," 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, "How To Cook With What You Have," 2 Apr. 2020 Chicken cutlets are ideal for breading and frying to bring restaurant-style cooking to your kitchen. Los Angeles Times, "How to Boil Water: Chicken cutlets," 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, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Pieter Sypesteyn’s Breaded Cajun Fried Pork Cutlets," 2 Apr. 2020 One of Irondale Cafe’s specialties was unripe tomatoes that were sliced, breaded, and deep-fried. Eric Velasco, al, "Where are Birmingham’s oldest restaurants?," 12 Mar. 2020 It’s fried and breaded perfectly before being coated in a sweet, spicy, tangy red sauce. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, "These Baltimore restaurants probably aren’t on your radar. Here’s why they should be.," 25 Sep. 2019 Step 8 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. Washington Post, "This spicy, streamlined chicken Parmesan is saucy and crispy in all the right ways," 8 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of bread

Noun

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

Verb

circa 1600, 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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The first known use of bread was before the 12th century

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“Bread.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bread. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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