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 At breakfast at a New Jersey diner, Scott Nuttall, now KKR’s copresident, pitched Bisignano on shouldering the hardest of hard cases. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "This Jamie Dimon protege has weathered six crises. Here is his coronavirus playbook," 24 May 2020 Every Monday through Thursday, a truck arrives at Cove Village and parks on Driftwood Court from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families line up for a breakfast, lunch and snack, with an extra set given out on Thursday to tide kids over on Friday. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "Rent Is Still Due in Kushnerville," 21 May 2020 Mountain House makes emergency food supply kits that contain breakfast, lunch and dinner meals for anywhere from 3 to 7 days. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Surprising Ways to Use Freeze-dried Meals," 14 May 2020 Good options include oats at breakfast, quinoa added to a salad at lunch, and brown or wild rice added to a stir-fry at dinner. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "Losing Belly Fat: A Nutritionist's Top 5 Foods," 13 May 2020 The breakfast/lunch/brunch sibling to La Merenda opens May 5. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "More Milwaukee-area restaurants and other food vendors are reopening for takeout," 1 May 2020 This one-skillet dish can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner; find the recipe here. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, "10 Recipes from Joy of Cooking That Everyone Should Master," 22 Apr. 2020 Almost all of the food is grown in the five-acre organic garden, from the strawberries served at breakfast to the limes in the gin and tonics. Peter Terzian, Travel + Leisure, "In Kenya, an Epic Photographic Safari Through Some of Africa's Most Dramatic Landscapes," 18 Apr. 2020 Snow goose pepperoni, breakfast, garlic, or Italian sausage is easy to make as well. Brad Fenson, Outdoor Life, "8 Ways to Prepare Snow Goose Meat," 2 Apr. 2020

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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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29 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Breakfast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce breakfast (audio)

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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