bread·​fruit | \ ˈbred-ˌfrüt How to pronounce breadfruit (audio) \

Definition of breadfruit

: a round starchy usually seedless fruit that resembles bread in color and texture when baked also : a tall tropical evergreen tree (Artocarpus altilis) of the mulberry family that bears this fruit

Illustration of breadfruit

Illustration of breadfruit

Examples of breadfruit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vendors set up shop with plenty of prepared foods for people looking for a little Saturday morning snack, including spicy Indian-style dal, breadfruit sourdough loaves, and vegan banana lassi made from macadamia nut yogurt. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "The foodie haven in Hawaii you need to know about now," 1 July 2020 Like many Caribbean stews, this one is hearty and filling, but the inclusion of fish, spicy plantains, breadfruit, and coconut dumplings lends the popular fare a unique, addictive flavor. Emma Sloley, Southern Living, "10 Iconic Caribbean Dishes You’ve Got To Try at Least Once," 8 June 2020 In Egypt, her slippers are red leather, while in the West Indies, breadfruit, not a pumpkin, is the transformative object. National Geographic, "Brothers Grimm fairy tales were never meant for kids," 24 Sep. 2019 The jerk meat is usually accompanied by starchy breadfruit, yam and a barely-sweet cruller called festival. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Taking a family vacation to Jamaica? 10 reasons to leave your all-inclusive resort," 29 July 2019 Stop in at The Coal Pot Restaurant for authentic Lucian dishes like saltfish and breadfruit and St. Lucian Crab Back and pumpkin soup. Anquanette Gaspard, Essence, "Live It Up: Get On Badder Than Bad at St. Lucia Carnival 2019," 9 July 2019 Others include ‘awa (kava), kukui (candlenut), mai‘a (banana), niu (coconut), ‘uala (sweet potato), and ‘ulu (breadfruit). National Geographic, "Gordon Ramsay Journeys Along Hawaii’s Hana Coast," 2 July 2019 Tulasi shows me where neem and breadfruit trees once divided her land from the road, their disappearance depriving her crops of shade. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "The Young Farmers Behind Puerto Rico’s Food Revolution," 20 June 2018 For those who like to eat local, make time on the way back for a stop at Jemma’s Seaview Treehouse Kitchen for broiled lobsters and a wedge of mac ‘n' cheese layered with slices of breadfruit. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Best Caribbean islands for nature lovers," 9 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'breadfruit.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of breadfruit

1697, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about breadfruit

Time Traveler for breadfruit

Time Traveler

The first known use of breadfruit was in 1697

See more words from the same year

Statistics for breadfruit

Last Updated

8 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Breadfruit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for breadfruit


How to pronounce breadfruit (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of breadfruit

: a round fruit that resembles bread when it is baked

More from Merriam-Webster on breadfruit

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with breadfruit Encyclopedia article about breadfruit

Comments on breadfruit

What made you want to look up breadfruit? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

July 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • papercraft sunset
  • Which is a synonym of mien?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!