frost·​ing | \ ˈfrȯ-stiŋ How to pronounce frosting (audio) \

Definition of frosting

2 : lusterless finish of metal or glass : mat also : a white finish produced on glass (as by etching)
3 : the lightening (as by chemicals) of small strands of hair throughout the entire head to produce a two-tone effect — compare streaking

Examples of frosting in a Sentence

We put frosting on the cupcakes.
Recent Examples on the Web Instead of pumpkin pie, what about a pumpkin layer cake with salted caramel buttercream and brown sugar frosting? Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Skip the Pie—Make This Pumpkin Layer Cake With Brown Sugar Frosting Instead," 24 Nov. 2020 Cinnabon has begun selling its signature cream cheese frosting by the pint for the first time ever. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Cinnabon is selling its frosting by the pint," 16 Nov. 2020 It’s topped with a rich cream cheese frosting, and makes enough bars to last through the holiday weekend. oregonlive, "Downsized Thanksgiving: This year, smaller and easier celebrations offer a chance to try new things," 9 Nov. 2020 Instead of a thick, sticky frosting, Chow mixes powdered sugar, cream cheese and a coffee pastry cream for a lighter and looser rendition. Omar Mamoon,, "Fluffy new S.F. cinnamon roll gets its flair from a lava flow of coffee-laced frosting," 21 Oct. 2020 Me Desserterie cover the whole thing with a decadent maple buttercream frosting and a drizzle of maple syrup. cleveland, "National Dessert Day: Indulge in these most sinful treats in Greater Cleveland," 14 Oct. 2020 Starting at bottom of cake, pipe pumpkin shapes with orange frosting. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake," 25 Aug. 2020 The frosting on the cake came in late June when, in the last days of its tumultuous 2019 session, the Oregon Legislature and Gov. Kate Brown agreed to send $500,000 to the organization. oregonlive, "After a year of close calls, last-minute bailouts, Special Olympics Oregon survives financial crisis," 7 July 2019 Bob: Heath bars, and Dawn makes this chocolate cake with caramel and chocolate frosting that is ridiculous! Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "The New Moon storeowners Dawn and Bob Bartos share favorite dining choices: Five for Friday," 23 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of frosting

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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28 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Frosting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of frosting

chiefly US : a sweet, creamy mixture that is used to cover cakes
: a dull surface on metal or glass


frost·​ing | \ ˈfrȯ-stiŋ How to pronounce frosting (audio) \

Kids Definition of frosting

1 : icing
2 : a dull finish on glass

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