break·​fast | \ ˈbrek-fəst \

Definition of breakfast

1 : the first meal of the day especially when taken in the morning
2 : the food prepared for a breakfast eat your breakfast

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Other Words from breakfast

breakfast verb
breakfaster noun

Examples of breakfast in a Sentence

I had pancakes for breakfast. Did you have breakfast before you left?

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Nagy said Minshew approached him at breakfast Monday morning looking for phone numbers of the South centers and quarterbacks. John Zenor, The Seattle Times, "Well-traveled QB Gardner Minshew hoping to find NFL home," 22 Jan. 2019 While at breakfast at Los Angeles hot spot Joans On Third, a fan sat next to the lovebirds and got the inside scoop. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Reportedly Told a Fan That They Are, In Fact, Married," 18 Oct. 2018 Lewandowski told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington, the New York Post reported. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "Bloomberg considering presidential run in 2020 as Democrat: report," 14 Sep. 2018 WEDNESDAY Trump lambasted European allies in combative remarks on camera at the breakfast with Stoltenberg. Martin Finucane,, "Believe it or not, President Trump has been in Europe a little over 72 hours," 13 July 2018 Pressed for time at work or school, Americans frequently eat by themselves at breakfast and when snacking, according to the NPD Group, a market research company. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Eating Alone," 6 July 2018 The menu move comes as KFC's U.K. restaurants seek to adhere to new British government guidelines that advise overweight adults to eat just 400 calories at breakfast and then 600 more at lunch and again at dinner. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "KFC creating vegetarian version of its fried chicken in U.K.," 6 June 2018 The libation of the week: A French 75, ordered at breakfast by Tamica Lee. Mike Scott,, "Goodbye, 'Southern Charm New Orleans'," 4 June 2018 At a breakfast Thursday at BookExpo America, the annual gathering of booksellers and the publishing industry, Noah introduced his new book: The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Presents the Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "Trevor Noah says Trump 'should not be leading anything other than a Twitter account'," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of breakfast

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for breakfast

Middle English brekfast, from the phrase breken fast "to break one's fast, end abstinence from food"

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The first known use of breakfast was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of breakfast

: the first meal of the day


break·​fast | \ ˈbrek-fəst \

Kids Definition of breakfast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the first meal of the day


breakfasted; breakfasting

Kids Definition of breakfast (Entry 2 of 2)

: to eat breakfast

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