bread-and-butter

adjective
Updated on: 25 Nov 2017

Definition of bread-and-butter

1 a : being as basic as the earning of one's livelihood
  • bread-and-butter issues
b (1) : reliable
  • our bread-and-butter repertoire
(2) : dependable as a source of income
  • a company's bread-and-butter products
2 : sent or given as thanks for hospitality
  • a bread-and-butter letter

First Known Use of bread-and-butter

circa 1837


bread and butter

noun

Definition of bread and butter

: a means of sustenance or livelihood

Examples of bread and butter in a Sentence

  1. Casual clothing has always been the company's bread and butter.

Recent Examples of bread and butter from the Web

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First Known Use of bread and butter

1732


BREAD-AND-BUTTER Defined for English Language Learners

bread-and-butter

adjective

Definition of bread-and-butter for English Language Learners

  • : basic and important

  • : dependable as a source of income or success


bread and butter

noun

Definition of bread and butter for English Language Learners

  • : a dependable source of income or success


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