bread–and–butter

adjective

Definition of bread–and–butter

  1. 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. 2 :  sent or given as thanks for hospitality <a bread–and–butter letter>

Circa 1837

First Known Use of bread–and–butter

circa 1837


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


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