breadbasket

noun
bread·​bas·​ket | \ˈbred-ˌba-skət \

Definition of breadbasket 

1 slang : stomach

2 : a major cereal-producing region

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Synonyms for breadbasket

Synonyms

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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The sprawling Spanish colonial city of Querétaro, 600 miles northwest of Tabasco, is perched on the edge of Mexico’s historic breadbasket region known as El Bajío. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Two States of Mexico Reveal the Split Driving Sunday’s Presidential Election," 28 June 2018 Two years ago, South Sudan’s war expanded into southern parts of the country that had long been seen as the country’s breadbasket. Megan Specia And Kassie Bracken, New York Times, "In South Sudan, a Never-Ending Hunger Season Puts Millions in Danger," 30 May 2018 Unfortunately their migration route over the breadbasket of the midwest takes them through acres and acres of milkweed-free agricultural fields (farmers view the plant as a nuisance). Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "8 Weeds You Should Actually Let Grow In Your Yard," 28 July 2016 Farming in Syria goes back many thousands of years and the nation was long a breadbasket for the area. Washington Post, "UN says farming should be at heart of Syria reconstruction," 24 Apr. 2018 If Draper has his way, California would be cleaved into a northern state with San Francisco at its core, a smaller but populous center built around Los Angeles, and a southern state encompassing much of the breadbasket Central Valley plus San Diego. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Billionaire Tim Draper’s Kooky Idea to Split California in Three," 16 Apr. 2018 But suddenly at 34, cutting the breadbasket didn't, well, cut it. Nicole Catanese, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why I Eat A Plant-Based Diet," 29 Apr. 2014 First farmed by Polynesian settlers centuries ago, this remote paradise is nothing short of a feral garden, a breadbasket bursting with nearly everything a crafty human specimen needs to survive. Brendan Borrell, Smithsonian, "Hawaii’s Last Outlaw Hippies," 28 Feb. 2018 Approximately 1,500 people rallied at the Capitol on Thursday asking legislators to end health disparities in California’s breadbasket, which has some of the highest child poverty rates and the worst air quality in the state. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "These residents are ‘tired of being forgotten’," 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of breadbasket

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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breadbasket

noun

English Language Learners Definition of breadbasket

: a region that provides large amounts of food

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