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

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 The winning bidder will get to name the foal, receive a special meet-and-greet with Poppy and her new baby, and get breakfast for four at the zoo. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Aug. 2022 Down the street from Wright were Evan Barnes and Keith Lipski, eating breakfast outside their friend's house next to a tent set up in the street that served as a tunnel for riders. Sarah Volpenhein, Journal Sentinel, 30 July 2022 Militia members in military fatigues eat breakfast in the parking lot of H&L Lumber in Mariposa, Calif., on July 24, 2022. Chiara Sottile, NBC News, 29 July 2022 Have breakfast at Morning Glory Cafe, lunch at the Farm Kitchen and dinner at Quiessence. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 27 July 2022 On Monday, Moynes uploaded a video of Lee eating breakfast before a long day of conservation efforts. Kelly Wynne,, 26 July 2022 Brie, meanwhile, wakes up to find Brady making breakfast for her. Sara Netzley,, 20 July 2022 In such moments, cooking breakfast and keeping the coffee coming become radical acts of climate protest—as well as sources of joy. Emma Marris, The New Republic, 19 July 2022 My mornings are spent getting ready, making breakfast, prepping the kids’ lunches, answering Slacks and emails, and bringing the kids to summer camp before catching the train. Sarah Connell, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 See More

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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 Aug 2022

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“Breakfast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for breakfast


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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