break·​fast | \ ˈbrek-fəst How to pronounce breakfast (audio) \

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?
Recent Examples on the Web After breakfast, the players come to the training room. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "NBA bubble life: Wizards' chief of athletic care and performance juggles endless tasks, morning runs and book club," 10 Aug. 2020 After my hike and an early breakfast, Olivia and I met Kristen Iversen in the Chautauqua parking lot. Longreads, "The Grieving Landscape," 10 Aug. 2020 Meals will be offered on campuses, including breakfast for those who need it and regular lunch at a price determined by a student’s meal program status. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Northwest Houston area school districts prepare to start instruction during the pandemic," 8 Aug. 2020 Wendy's breakfast should've flopped because of this. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Wendy's is eating McDonald's breakfast," 8 Aug. 2020 These chia seed recipes are all-day staples that go far beyond breakfast. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appétit, "26 Chia Seed Recipes That Don’t Involve Just Pudding," 5 Aug. 2020 The South Bay beach cities make for pleasant pit stops, perhaps for breakfast near the Strand, which stretches from Malibu to Torrance. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "7 Best West Coast Road Trips in the U.S.," 11 July 2020 Amenities will sometimes include extras such as free hot breakfast or a pool, but for the most part stick to the basics for their guests. Mary Tomlinson, Southern Living, "What’s the Difference Between a Hotel and a Motel?," 10 July 2020 Over breakfast one morning in the spring of 2018, Andrés Manuel López Obrador spoke to me of his plans to transform Mexico. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Why Andrés Manuel López Obrador Went to Dinner with Donald Trump," 9 July 2020

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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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13 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Breakfast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce breakfast (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of breakfast

: the first meal of the day


break·​fast | \ ˈbrek-fəst How to pronounce breakfast (audio) \

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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