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

The stores stock extra cases of water, batteries, and toilet paper in anticipation of crowds, and the stereotype is that people stock up on bread, milk, and eggs. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why some people buy Pop-Tarts and liquor before a hurricane — and some people don’t prepare at all.," 12 Sep. 2018 When preparing for a hurricane, many people naturally think to stock up on bread and water, and perhaps put up shutters. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "How to Protect Your Pet During Hurricane Florence," 11 Sep. 2018 The old Middleton family recipe is for marrow chutney—a kind of fruity condiment that many pair with cheese or bread. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "What Will Meghan Markle Give the Queen This Christmas?," 13 Dec. 2018 Some migrants asked for money, others passing a bakery were handed bread. Fox News, "Honduran migrant caravan crosses Guatemala border, US-bound," 15 Oct. 2018 Toss bread with 4 tablespoons oil on a large rimmed baking sheet; arrange in a single layer. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Cider-Braised Chicken-and-Fennel Panzanella," 21 Sep. 2018 Like that loaf of bread in your pantry, your favorite moisturizer can start growing fuzzy, green mold. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Here's Exactly What Causes Mold to Grow in Skin-Care Products — and How to Avoid It," 19 Sep. 2018 Spread 1 side of each slice of bread with about 2 teaspoon softened butter. Chrissy Teigen, Good Housekeeping, "Jalapeño Parmesan-Crusted Grilled Cheese," 14 Jan. 2019 The biggest culprit lurking in our pantries: bread. Karen Ansel, Woman's Day, "This Is What Your Daily Sodium Intake Should Really Be," 14 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 There are straight-cut, waffle-cut and crinkle-cut; battered, seasoned or breaded; and with a bit of potato skin or without. Rachel Abrams, The Seattle Times, "Out of the fryer and into the Uber car: Idaho-based Lamb Weston trying to deliver crispy fries," 3 July 2018 Sam’s homemade tomato sauce covered four large risotto balls filled with fresh mozzarella and were breaded and fried, lending a slight crunch to the soft, melting insides. BostonGlobe.com, "Sam’s Kitchen is a hidden gem in Woburn," 19 May 2018 Use a fork to turn over the cutlets (tongs may dislodge the breading); cook until the meat feels firm and the second side is deep golden brown and crisp, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes, reducing the heat as needed to keep the breading from burning. Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "Breaded chicken cutlets that can go in (or on) just about anything | Charlotte Observer," 1 May 2018 Chicken breasts marinated in buttermilk are breaded with cornflake cereal, flour and eggs. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "10 cereal dishes that take childhood favorites out of the breakfast bowl," 6 July 2018 Wynn's ships an approximate half a million pounds of breading annually to Farm Fresh, according to The Virginian-Pilot. Jared Boyd, AL.com, "Virginians are losing their Alabama-style fried chicken and they're really upset," 19 Mar. 2018 There are straight-cut, waffle-cut and crinkle-cut; battered, seasoned or breaded; and with a bit of potato skin or without. Rachel Abrams, The Seattle Times, "Out of the fryer and into the Uber car: Idaho-based Lamb Weston trying to deliver crispy fries," 3 July 2018 There are straight-cut, waffle-cut and crinkle-cut; battered, seasoned or breaded; and with a bit of potato skin or without. Rachel Abrams, The Seattle Times, "Out of the fryer and into the Uber car: Idaho-based Lamb Weston trying to deliver crispy fries," 3 July 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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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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