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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For locations serving breakfast, options include the Egg White Grill, Chicken, Egg and Cheese Bagel and Chick-n-Minis. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Chick-fil-A freebie! Dressing up like a cow Tuesday gets you free chicken," 9 July 2018 Also read: Another option is the B&B's Avery Beach Hotel Suite, which is available in the early part of the week for $341 a night, including a full breakfast. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "5 last-minute 4th of July getaway vacations in Michigan," 27 June 2018 When the Pences personally served breakfast to the Trumps at the governor’s residence after a Trump rally in Indiana in July, the Trumps were mesmerized by their normalcy. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "10 revealing tidbits about Mike and Karen Pence in new book on vice presidents," 12 June 2018 Patrons might come in for a morning coffee and classic British breakfast, then a midday business lunch, and a post-work drink. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Favorite Restaurant, Bluebird London, Lands in New York," 6 Dec. 2018 But back in the day, butter was the all-purpose spread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "4 Great Turkey Sandwiches For All Those Thanksgiving Leftovers," 23 Nov. 2018 Locals know that the best breakfast around is either the oversize omelettes at Café This Way or the euphoria-inducing blueberry pancakes at Jordan’s. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "This Maine Island Might Be the Most Beautiful Spot in New England," 22 Aug. 2018 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

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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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