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Definition of frost

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the process of freezing
b : a covering of minute ice crystals on a cold surface also : ice particles formed from a gas
c : the temperature that causes freezing
2a : coldness of deportment or temperament : an indifferent, reserved, or unfriendly manner
b : failure the play was … a most dreadful frost— Arnold Bennett


frosted; frosting; frosts

Definition of frost (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to cover with or as if with frost especially : to put icing on (cake)
b : to produce a fine-grained slightly roughened surface on (such as metal or glass)
2 : to injure or kill (plants) by frost
3 : to make angry or irritated that really frosts me


biographical name
\ ˈfrȯst How to pronounce Frost (audio) \

Definition of Frost (Entry 3 of 3)

Robert Lee 1874–1963 American poet

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Frostian \ ˈfrȯ-​stē-​ən How to pronounce Frost (audio) , ˈfrȯs-​chən \ adjective

Examples of frost in a Sentence

Noun The grass was covered with frost. Frost formed on the window. These plants should bloom until the first frost of the season. We had an early frost. Verb The cold had frosted the windows. I have to frost the birthday cake.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Many of the troops were camped in the elements without cover, suffering frost bite. Carrie Napoleon,, 28 May 2021 Watching for frost and rain and wind and hungry animals connects you to so much that is bigger than you, beyond your will., 22 May 2021 Command Performance' peonies will die back to the ground once an autumn frost kills the plant's foliage. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 May 2021 This Day in Weather History June 15th 1989: Scattered frost develops across Minnesota, with the coldest reading of 29 at Isabella. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 14 June 2021 Early frost and a brutal late heatwave led to low yields and challenging fruit concentration. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 14 June 2021 But in late fall after a frost, cut back the leaf fans of bearded irises with scissors or a knife to about 2 to 4 inches above ground. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 14 June 2021 Embellished with engraving and ornamented with platinum and diamonds to resemble frost, the egg rests on a rock crystal base designed to look like a block of melting ice. Nancy Gould Chuda, Town & Country, 11 June 2021 Some sources define Loki as the son of Odin and Frigga, two frost giants, who abandoned him in battle with Odin, one of the leading gods in Norse mythology. James Deutsch, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Check out our guide on how to frost a cake like the pros here. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, 17 June 2021 To frost, place one cake on plate, top down to make the bottom layer. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 Future gains in electric vehicles and infrastructure spending would frost that cake. Bill Conerly, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Cut away frost damage from trees: If your tree is cracked from the cold, carefully cut away the bark or gently tear it loose. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Apr. 2021 Portlanders and residents throughout Northwest Oregon might notice frost this morning. oregonlive, 11 Apr. 2021 First thing's first: Get your cake layers ready to frost. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, 18 Mar. 2021 Use remaining buttercream to frost sides and top of cake. Anna Helm Baxter, Woman's Day, 20 Jan. 2021 Just cut simple sugar cookies into hearts, bake and frost with royal icing. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of frost


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1635, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for frost


Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German frost — more at freeze

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The first known use of frost was before the 12th century

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19 Jun 2021

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“Frost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of frost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a thin layer of ice that forms on the ground, on grass, etc., when the air becomes cold
: the occurrence of weather that is cold enough to cause water to freeze and frost to form



English Language Learners Definition of frost (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (something) with frost
: to become covered with frost
chiefly US : to cover (something, such as a cake) with frosting (sense 1)


\ ˈfrȯst How to pronounce frost (audio) \

Kids Definition of frost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a covering of tiny ice crystals on a cold surface formed from the water vapor in the air
2 : temperature cold enough to cause freezing


frosted; frosting

Kids Definition of frost (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to cover with frosting frost a cake
2 : to cover or become covered with frost


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