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 bready (audio) \ 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

Compared to the stodgy austerity of a croissant, Kismet’s flaky bread is a glutenous block party. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The science behind a feast of flavor pairings at Kismet in Los Angeles," 12 July 2019 Bake until the edges of the bread crisp and brown and the sauce bubbles, 6 to 10 minutes. Jeanmarie Brownson, Twin Cities, "Homemade harissa sauce sparks ordinary grilled chicken," 11 July 2019 The meat comes from a Middle Eastern restaurant near the Hammer and the bread from a Mediterranean shop in Culver City. Deborah Vankin, latimes.com, "Eggs are being fried as art at the Hammer Museum. Let's see what's cooking," 9 July 2019 In April 2018, when chef Chris Kronner took over Henry’s at the Graduate, Tartine provided all the breads. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Critically-acclaimed Tartine Bakery coming to Berkeley," 3 July 2019 On April 1, 1999, at a Passover Seder, Jane ate a bite of the matzo and the maror, the bitter herbs, the bread of life and the bitterness of affliction. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "The Lingering of Loss," 1 July 2019 The gluten-free bread is baked in-house by another Robuchon veteran, the baker Tetsuya Yamaguchi, and served with olive oil. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Le Jardinier Goes After Manhattan's Power Dining Crowd," 14 June 2019 In Sanford, trade the bread for a skillet at Sanford Brewing Company (400 Sanford Ave. in Sanford; 407-732-6419), where the taco and bacon mac options are always alluring — just ask my daughter. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Myriad options await National Cheese Day revelers in Central Florida," 4 June 2019 Listless, Fatima was too malnourished to cry, scream, or to even reach for the bread. National Geographic, "A humanitarian crisis emerges as ISIS falls in northern Syria," 27 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Two girls from China are breading chicken wings, one person is wrapping plates in plastic wrap. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Try to keep up with the chef of a 40,000-seat baseball-themed restaurant," 9 July 2019 Meat is often breaded, and then fried, for good measure. Natasha Frost, Quartzy, "An Austrian Twitter account chronicles the best food on trains," 6 July 2019 When ready to bread, preheat the oven to 400°. Set up a breading station: In a shallow bowl whisk together cooled panko and ranch seasoning, in another bowl add eggs, and in another bowl add flour. Laura Rege, Good Housekeeping, "Ranch Mozzarella Sticks," 4 June 2019 One 7 to 8 ounce tail, sliced into bite-size pieces, breaded lightly then deep fried, comes served in the shell with two sides. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, "First look at DJ Khaled’s The Licking soul food restaurant in Chicago, where fried lobster is the go-to order," 2 July 2019 There will also be chicken sandwiches, breaded with chicharrones, fried and served on an Acme bun. SFChronicle.com, "At long last, 4505 Burgers & BBQ opens Oakland restaurant," 28 June 2019 The meat is pounded flat and as wide as a basketball, breaded and fried, like the schnitzel of the Germans who are so prominent in the area. Michael Ruhlman, New York Times, "If It’s Sunday in Southeastern Indiana, Order the Fried Chicken," 18 June 2019 The meat is trimmed, battered and breaded by processors into millions of fish sticks and fast-food filets a day. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Climate Change Drives Fish Into New Waters, Remaking an Industry," 22 Dec. 2018 The practice of sending fish to China to be breaded, seasoned, portioned or packaged has grown in the past two decades, according to U.S. fishing groups. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Fish Caught in America, Processed in China Get Trapped by Trade Dispute," 9 Aug. 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 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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