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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
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Definition of Frost (Entry 3 of 3)

Robert Lee 1874–1963 American poet

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Frostian \ ˈfrȯ-​stē-​ən How to pronounce Frostian (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 Patchy frost is possible early Wednesday before some milder air returns in the afternoon. Dallas News, "April chill today," 14 Apr. 2020 In colder climates, start them indoors a good 6-8 weeks before the last frost to give them a head start. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "The Global Kitchen Garden: 25 Plants You Need to Grow (and Cook) Now," 12 Apr. 2020 Patchy frost is even possible tonight outside the Beltway. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Breezy and cool today, with some patchy frost possible in outer suburbs tonight," 18 Oct. 2019 Here's what to expect this weekend: Friday: Patchy frost before 9 a.m. Sarah Brookbank,, "Cincinnati weather: Frost and temperatures in mid-70s expected this weekend," 17 Oct. 2019 In the typical cool spots away from urban areas, some frost is possible Monday and Tuesday mornings. oregonlive, "National Weather Service warns of cold temperatures on the way, frost possible," 28 Sep. 2019 Folks in southern states can typically plant earlier without worrying about frost. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How to Plant a Sunflower Field for Better Dove Hunting This Summer," 22 Apr. 2020 Expect rain and frost today in Indianapolis, as the temperature drops from a high of 50 to a low of 30 degrees. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis weather: Sunshine, warm temperatures 'on the horizon'," 17 Apr. 2020 These newcomers planted orchards with enough variety to get them through the long winter, with apples that ripened from early spring until the first frosts. Gillian Flaccus, Anchorage Daily News, "10 pioneer-era apple varieties thought extinct have been found in the Pacific Northwest," 15 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One location offers a four-doughnut pack with three types of frosting — strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla — and two types of sprinkles for $7.99. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "Dunkin' Is Selling DIY Doughnut Decorating Kits Across the U.S.," 7 May 2020 Spoon about 2 tablespoons of frosting over the flat side of each cookie to form a mound. Olga Massov, Washington Post, "If a brownie and a sugar cookie had a baby, it would be this Berger cookie," 2 Dec. 2019 Spread approximately 1 tablespoon of frosting onto each cookie. Carrie Knauer,, "Carrie’s Kitchen: December means it’s time for holiday cookie recipes," 2 Dec. 2019 Brand names that evoke cupcakes or frosting are particularly apt in this case. Esther Mobley,, "In defense of buttery Chardonnay," 30 Apr. 2020 For the second challenge, soda and frosting are featured ingredients. Alicia Kortendick, al, "‘Chopped Sweets’ premiere | How to watch, live stream, TV channel, time," 4 Feb. 2020 Pipe a red mouth and white eyes and nose with decorating frosting. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Silly Spider Cupcake," 12 Sep. 2019 The meals range from potato bread to apricot and prune marmalade, scalloped cabbage, corn bread, bean and tomato stew, savory rice, poultry with peas, buckwheat chocolate cake, and chocolate fudge frosting. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Cook These Quarantine-Friendly World War I Recipes," 16 Apr. 2020 Try frosting the cookies with royal icing in pastel hues perfect for spring. Bh&g Holiday Editors, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Stunning Easter Cookie Decorating Ideas You Need to Try This Weekend," 7 Apr. 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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11 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Frost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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)


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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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