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?

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About a dozen items cover biscuits and gravy, a low-carb breakfast, two omelets, corned-beef hash, pancakes, French toast and a Benedict. Marc Bona,, "Jake’s on the Lake: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 8 June 2019 A week before the school year ended, over breakfast in a small ballroom at the community college, Monreal walked back and forth between her table and the podium, collecting her graduation regalia. Alia Malik,, "College path for San Antonio student started with dad’s combat wound," 4 June 2019 Cut up a small mushroom and mix it in to omelets, quiches, or scrambled eggs at breakfast or brunch. Lisa Mulcahy, Good Housekeeping, "6 Surprising Mushroom Health Benefits for Your Skin, Brain, and Bones," 3 June 2019 According to a new report in The Sunday Times, Princess Diana once let Prince Harry have a treacle tart for breakfast. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Diana Was "Easy to Cook For" & Let Harry Have Treacle Tarts for Breakfast," 14 Apr. 2019 On my first morning in London, over a proper British breakfast, an alarm went off. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "I Went All the Way to the U.K. to Celebrate the Royal Baby, and It Was Not What I Expected," 7 May 2019 Luna looked precious dressed in a yellow gown inspired by Belle from Beauty and the Beast for a breakfast at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Celebrated Luna's Birthday at Disneyland and We Have FOMO," 15 Apr. 2019 Jenner and her daughter Stormi were spotted sharing breakfast with Woods in a Calabasas restaurant on Friday morning, according to E! Stacey Leasca, Allure, "Kylie Jenner and Jordyn Woods Are Reportedly Hanging Out Again," 10 Mar. 2019 Most of us don’t eat enough in the a.m., so consider adding an extra egg, tablespoon of nut butter, or piece of cheese to your breakfast to really fill up and stay energized. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Intuitive Eating? How to Eat Better Without Dieting, According to Nutritionists," 6 Mar. 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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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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