break·​fast ˈbrek-fəst How to pronounce breakfast (audio)
: the first meal of the day especially when taken in the morning
: the food prepared for a breakfast
eat your 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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Word History


Middle English brekfast, from the phrase breken fast "to break one's fast, end abstinence from food"

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Breakfast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


break·​fast ˈbrek-fəst How to pronounce breakfast (audio)
: the first meal of the day
breakfast verb
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