breadbasket

noun bread·bas·ket \ ˈbred-ˌbas-kət \
|Updated on: 11 Jul 2018

Definition of breadbasket

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

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Examples of breadbasket in a Sentence

  1. the breadbasket of the world

  2. The area is becoming the nation's breadbasket.

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Did You Know?

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").

First Known Use of breadbasket

1753

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BREADBASKET Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of breadbasket for English Language Learners

  • : a region that provides large amounts of food



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