breakfast

noun
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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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 Sitting side by side at a long table in the school cafeteria, José and Mayda barely touched their breakfast of Cheerios and bananas. Miriam Jordan, The Seattle Times, "Separated for 51 days, a reunited migrant family starts a new life in Oregon," 10 Sep. 2018 Representative Vinson, an elderly widower, complained about the quality of his breakfasts. P.j. O'rourke, Town & Country, "Roberta McCain, the Woman Who Shaped Senator John McCain," 29 Aug. 2018 By this point in the day, breakfast was far in the rear view and Kanye was back in the Suburban, enjoying another day of relative calm. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Into the Wild With Kanye West," 25 June 2018 The breakfast will be 6:45-8 a.m. at Willow Fork Country Club, 21055 Westheimer Parkway, Katy. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 12 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for breakfast

breakfast

noun

English Language Learners Definition of breakfast

: the first meal of the day

breakfast

noun
break·​fast | \ ˈbrek-fəst How to pronounce breakfast (audio) \

Kids Definition of breakfast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the first meal of the day

breakfast

verb
breakfasted; breakfasting

Kids Definition of breakfast (Entry 2 of 2)

: to eat breakfast

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