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 Proceeds from the breakfast will go toward the Y’s chaplain services program. Glendale News-Press, "Glendale area events: A virtual-reality Halloween experience take visitors to past World’s Fair," 22 Oct. 2019 At the time of the breakfast, Sondland had not yet gone all in on Trump - a reversal that was in its own way transactional and that followed a path many other establishment Republicans also have taken. Anchorage Daily News, "Gordon Sondland, a key figure in Trump impeachment furor, long coveted ambassadorship," 15 Oct. 2019 After the breakfast, Graham set out to better understand Bezos’s ideological predilections. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan," 10 Oct. 2019 The complimentary breakfast includes fresh pastries, fruit, and charcuterie. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the U.S.: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 7 Oct. 2019 When the senior quarterback thought the pregame breakfast was a little too boisterous, Luton got up and told his team to quiet down and get their minds on Saturday’s game. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Luton throws for 5 TDs as Oregon State defeats UCLA 48-31," 5 Oct. 2019 Team officials have worked for months to prepare everything from the stadium locker room to the hotel breakfast. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Museum of Science and Industry gets new name, gunman convicted in gang revenge slaying and other things to know about to start your day," 4 Oct. 2019 Fred Navarro said during the district’s latest State of the Schools breakfast Wednesday morning. Daily Pilot, "Newport-Mesa district looking to raise the bar for students and spread kindness, superintendent says," 2 Oct. 2019 Cynthia Brooks was the caterer for not only the breakfast but for the entire event. La Cañada Valley Sun, "The Valley Line: Flintridge Riding Club’s annual Autumn Classic a blue-ribbon event," 1 Oct. 2019

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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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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of breakfast was in the 15th century

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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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