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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Everyone received the same meals daily: oatmeal for breakfast, instant noodles for lunch and frozen burritos for dinner. Tatiana Sanchez,, "Reports of disturbing detention conditions on border spark protests in SF," 2 July 2019 Tourist Home All Day Café This breakfast, sandwich and pastry shop south of the tracks is featuring a Lunar Legacy Moon Pie. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Celebrate Arizona's role in the Apollo moon landing with anniversary-themed food, drinks and souvenirs," 1 July 2019 Then, around 10pm, Donald Tusk, the outgoing council president, suspended the group discussion to hold a series of bilateral meetings before the leaders reconvened for breakfast at 7am. Charlemagne | Brussels, The Economist, "The EU is struggling to agree on candidates for its biggest jobs," 1 July 2019 The Sheraton has signage in Mandarin and offers such in-room amenities as slippers and teakettles, and foods favored by Chinese travelers, such as congee and dumplings for breakfast. Hugo Martin,, "Chinese tourists still love L.A. despite overall decline in visits to U.S.," 28 June 2019 For breakfast, chef Sean Hale prepared blueberry doughnuts one morning with two kinds of quiche, and blueberry pancakes the next — along with an array of other fruit. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Glamping at The Fields in Michigan includes tents with electricity, bathrooms and wood-fired stoves," 28 June 2019 Staying in an Airbnb, hostel or bed and breakfast is a major way to properly immerse yourself in a new place. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "'The Amazing Race' cast and crew share summer travel tips: Put down your phone, push yourself," 26 June 2019 The breakfast is a weekly meeting for Mr. Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Trump Bucked National-Security Aides on Proposed Iran Attack," 23 June 2019 Breakfast My breakfast is usually leftovers from the night before fried up with eggs or a bowl of cottage cheese and tomato drizzled with balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with the good salt. Stephanie Ganz, Bon Appétit, "How I Conquer Existential Dread By Meal Planning for My Family," 19 June 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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