bread·​bas·​ket | \ ˈbred-ˌba-skət How to pronounce breadbasket (audio) \

Definition of breadbasket

1 slang : stomach
2 : a major cereal-producing region

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abdomen, belly, gut, solar plexus, stomach, tummy

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Breadbasket has been used as slang in English since at least the mid-1700s. (It has been used even longer to mean literally a basket for holding bread.) It can refer to the stomach as an actual digestive organ ("his breadbasket rumbled with hunger"), but these days it's more commonly applied to the general stomach area ("rested her hands on her breadbasket"). No one is quite sure of the exact origins of the use, but it’s likely that there’s some connection between the basket used to hold bread and the basket where the bread ends up after a person eats it. Breadbasket has also come to refer to an area that supplies an important amount of grain ("the breadbasket of the country").

Examples of breadbasket in a Sentence

the breadbasket of the world The area is becoming the nation's breadbasket.

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Once touted internationally as the hope of his nation, Mugabe left office with a grim legacy, after waging a campaign of oppression and violence to maintain power, and driving into poverty a country once known as the breadbasket of southern Africa. David Mckenzie, CNN, "Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's longtime strong man, dead at 95," 6 Sep. 2019 Grapes, rice, wheat, rye, oats, olives, honey, asparagus, walnuts, berries, truffles, mushrooms and many other kinds of vegetables are grown or produced in the region, which is known as Portugal’s breadbasket. Eric Lipton, New York Times, "A Portugal of Pristine Beaches, Tiny Villages and Little Else," 31 Aug. 2019 So much farm produce and tobacco was exported that the country was referred to as Africa’s breadbasket. Fox News, "Concerns over Robert Mugabe's health grow, ex-Zimbabwe strongman in Singapore hospital for 4 months," 6 Aug. 2019 Tourism and mining flourished and Zimbabwe was a regional breadbasket. Farai Mutsaka And Christopher Torchia, USA TODAY, "Robert Mugabe, longtime Zimbabwe leader, dies at 95," 6 Sep. 2019 Tourism and mining flourished, and Zimbabwe was a regional breadbasket. Author: Farai Mutsaka, Christopher Torchia, Anchorage Daily News, "Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwean revolutionary who helped liberate and destroy his country, dies at 95," 6 Sep. 2019 Tourism and mining flourished, and Zimbabwe was a regional breadbasket. Farai Mutsaka And Christopher Torchia,, "Robert Mugabe dies at 95: He overthrew white minority rule in Rhodesia, then turned into Zimbabwe’s autocrat," 6 Sep. 2019 The cornbread with black pepper and cane syrup butter replaces a more traditional breadbasket. Polly Campbell,, "And the best bistros in Greater Cincinnati are ...," 28 Aug. 2019 Ryan Jacobsen, who heads the Fresno County Farm Bureau — a breadbasket area where 350 different crops are grown, contributing a combined total of more than $5.6 billion to the California economy — agrees. Gabrielle Canon, USA TODAY, "In California, Trump's trade war threatens permanent damage to some agriculture markets," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of breadbasket

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of breadbasket

: a region that provides large amounts of food

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