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 friend who works around the corner from the farmers’ market is responsible for procuring good bread. Christina Chaey, Bon Appétit, "Forget the House Cocktail, I Have a House Dip," 5 July 2019 The homemade bread rounds (which cost $6) show the same baking brilliance. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Il Dandy’s Michelin-starred chefs take Italian to new heights — but is it high enough?," 4 July 2019 Not to mention, these people are already taxing their stomachs with several points of meat and bread, so a lot of competitive eaters shy away from taking in excess liquid. Aj Willingham, CNN, "The best scarfing methods at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest," 4 July 2019 In this drama, Sarah (Sivane Kretchner), an Israeli café owner living in West Jerusalem, has a clandestine relationship with Saleem (Adeeb Safadi), her Palestinian bread vendor, who lives in East Jerusalem. Sergio Carmona, sun-sentinel.com, "Film about affair between Israeli and Palestinian to open in South Florida," 3 July 2019 Must tries: The spicy Moorish eggplant appetizer accompanied by charred bread was a clear winner. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Break bread at The Tilted Row in Bolton Hill," 3 July 2019 Go for poached eggs made aromatic with the Mexican epazote leaf but stay for the bread basket featuring Panadería Rosetta’s finest: chocolate-vanilla conchas and guava rolls stuffed with creamy ricotta. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Colonia Juárez, Mexico City’s Hottest Neighborhood," 3 July 2019 The city estimates some 5,000 geese live in Denver year-round, chowing down on bluegrass and handout bread near Denver’s shallow lakes. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Denver’s catch-and-kill goose roundup could do away with half of resident birds," 3 July 2019 Garnish with a spoonful of green harissa and serve with toasted bread. National Geographic, "Ras el Hanout Spice Braised Beef Short Rib," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One 7 to 8 ounce tail, sliced into bite-size pieces, breaded lightly then deep fried, comes served in the shell with two sides. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, "First look at DJ Khaled’s The Licking soul food restaurant in Chicago, where fried lobster is the go-to order," 2 July 2019 There will also be chicken sandwiches, breaded with chicharrones, fried and served on an Acme bun. SFChronicle.com, "At long last, 4505 Burgers & BBQ opens Oakland restaurant," 28 June 2019 The meat is pounded flat and as wide as a basketball, breaded and fried, like the schnitzel of the Germans who are so prominent in the area. Michael Ruhlman, New York Times, "If It’s Sunday in Southeastern Indiana, Order the Fried Chicken," 18 June 2019 The meat is trimmed, battered and breaded by processors into millions of fish sticks and fast-food filets a day. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Climate Change Drives Fish Into New Waters, Remaking an Industry," 22 Dec. 2018 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

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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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