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 From his oatmeal cream pies for breakfast to his pregame walk around Bryant-Denny Stadium, Nick Saban has rarely been one to stray from his longstanding routines. Mike Rodak |, al, "Disruptive 2020 taught Nick Saban about being more flexible," 6 May 2021 Enjoy duck breasts and pork chops paired with classic cocktails — a gin martini with bleu-cheese stuffed olives, for instance — Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m., or visit for breakfast from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., "Venice Pizza returns to Dorchester, Comfort Kitchen pops up in Jamaica Plain, and Brasserie says bonjour to Harrison Avenue," 6 May 2021 On Sunday mornings, Burnt Bean opens at 8 a.m. for breakfast. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Burnt Bean Co. in Seguin is making some of the San Antonio area's best barbecue," 6 May 2021 Botanic opened for breakfast April 29 and for dinner on May 3. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Botanic restaurant opens in refurbished Goodland Hotel on Fort Lauderdale beach," 6 May 2021 The restaurant was supposed to open in time for breakfast but had trouble with its point-of-sale system. Eric E. Harrison, Arkansas Online, "Rock City Taco opens in River Market in time for Cinco de Mayo," 5 May 2021 Another, noting that his father wasn’t there to serve bacon and eggs for breakfast, had learned to cook. New York Times, "Denied a Season, Some Ivy League Athletes Craft a Baseball Gap Year," 2 May 2021 On the island, sorullitos are served for breakfast, as a side for lunch and dinner, or as an appetizer. Washington Post, "How Puerto Rican cornmeal fritters taught me about motherhood," 1 May 2021 With 30-pound rucksacks on their backs, the pair stepped off from Selma on a sunny Friday around noon after having breakfast and meeting a woman named Beverly, who recalled being a part of the 1965 march. Patrick Connolly,, "Jones High student walks from Selma to Montgomery, retracing steps of civil rights marchers," 22 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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10 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Breakfast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 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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