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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Add any type of cherry to your pre-workout breakfast with this recipe for Cherry Chocolate Overnight Oats. NBC News, "8 summer superfoods to eat after a tough workout," 11 July 2018 In Doncaster, a woman renewing her wedding vows structured her celebratory breakfast to coincide with the game. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "England’s Unfamiliar Emotion: Hope," 10 July 2018 The company best known for its breakfasts already had burgers on the menu but had started using the IHOb name on social media, its website and for in-store promotions to draw attention to a new line of burgers made of Black Angus ground beef. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "IHOP admits to faking IHOb name change for publicity," 9 July 2018 Scientists noticed in the last few months, Mei Xiang was spending more time inside her den and was sleeping more, coming out only to eat her bamboo breakfast. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "National Zoo's giant panda experiencing "pseudopregnancy," zoo says," 5 July 2018 The California native, frontwoman for the duo Best Coast, has a morning routine that involves making her own breakfast and walking her own dog. Morgan Smith,, "Best Coast brings the West Coast to the Gold Coast for Tour de Fat Festival," 28 June 2018 Outside La Carreta restaurant in Hialeah, some of the customers finished off their Saturday morning breakfasts by signing petitions at a table where a mock wanted poster for Raúl Castro had been set up. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "Campaign intensifies to indict Raúl Castro for deadly 1996 shoot-down of exile planes," 27 June 2018 This friendly neighborhood diner-esque restaurant serves your basic breakfast and lunch food. A.d. Thompson,, "Davenport/Four Corners Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 Her fathers dote on her, scrambling eggs or cooking cereal and mixing it with yogurt for her breakfast. New York Times, "A Family in Transition," 16 June 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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