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 To minimize contact with others while waiting for the test results to come back, I was asked to stay in my room and have breakfast delivered to me. Lilit Marcus, CNN, "I traveled to Sri Lanka and it felt like I was the only tourist in the entire country," 22 Apr. 2021 Bathing, having breakfast, fishing, tidying up, eating lunch, taking a nap, playing games, sleeping. Luc-christophe Guillerm, Scientific American, "Coping Strategies of Ocean Castaways Hold Lessons for the COVID Pandemic," 16 Apr. 2021 Students at Clemens ate breakfast at their desks and listened to morning announcements about the importance of wearing their masks and staying far apart. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After a year away, the youngest MPS students returned to school buildings. But there are still so many questions.," 14 Apr. 2021 Having breakfast with the kids on Monday was the priority over a final dinner in Augusta on Sunday. Tim Reynolds, ajc, "Rahm closes with a 66, ends memorable Masters week," 11 Apr. 2021 Having breakfast with the kids on Monday was the priority over a final dinner in Augusta on Sunday. Tim Reynolds, Star Tribune, "Rahm closes with a 66, ends memorable Masters week," 11 Apr. 2021 Somehow, things only get stranger from there, as Hazel tries to figure out how to extract Byron from her brain while regaining any sort of agency over her own life and eating breakfast opposite Diane. Rachel Handler, Vulture, "Made For Love’s Creators Talk Translating a Uniquely Weird Book Into Equally Weird TV," 1 Apr. 2021 When James turned on the stove to make breakfast around 9:30 a.m., the blast threw him into the basement and buried him under the house, causing second-degree burns over his head, face, neck, chest, arms, back and legs, the lawsuit says. Colin Campbell,, "Man seriously injured in Northwest Baltimore gas explosion last year is suing BGE, city," 31 Mar. 2021 During select times through Easter weekend, guests can have breakfast with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny at Villa de Flora. Patrick Connolly,, "Easter weekend in Orlando: Egg hunts and family-friendly events," 31 Mar. 2021

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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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28 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Breakfast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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