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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Kids can explore Six Senses’ very cool new Earth Lab, and collect their own hen eggs for breakfast at the farm. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Take Your Vietnam Trip to the Next Level," 20 Nov. 2018 In Berlin, Erdogan will meet twice with Merkel — on Friday and again for breakfast on Saturday. Geir Moulson, Fox News, "Turkey's Erdogan heads to Germany on bridge-building visit," 27 Sep. 2018 Some lay out clothes for the next morning (or even the next week), others set the table for breakfast after clearing off dinner and many report the benefits of packing lunch in the evening. Lauren Piro, Good Housekeeping, "6 Tricks to Get Your Kids Out the Door Faster," 23 July 2018 Trump’s trip really didn’t get started until about 12 hours later, around 9 a.m. Wednesday when NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrived for breakfast. Martin Finucane,, "Believe it or not, President Trump has been in Europe a little over 72 hours," 13 July 2018 The following morning, protesters will be waiting for him, again, in front of Chequers, the country house outside London where he is expected to meet Mrs. May for breakfast. New York Times, "Where Trump Goes in Britain, Protesters Will Follow," 9 July 2018 But now that the University Arms, a former 19th-century coaching inn, has reopened after a two-year renovation, there’s good reason to spend the night (besides the hot Chelsea buns served for breakfast at Fitzbillies). Jo Rodgers, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cambridge Is Worth More than Just a Day Trip from London," 17 Oct. 2018 Close your kitchen once you're finished, aim to get more sleep overnight, and eat a full breakfast at your usual time tomorrow. Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Intermittent Fasting, According to a Nutritionist," 11 Oct. 2018 In Yingjiang, after eating a bowl of noodles for breakfast at a local restaurant, Marip Lu began to feel dizzy. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "6 Years Gone: Myanmar woman escapes brutal China captivity," 6 Sep. 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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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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