frost·​ing ˈfrȯ-stiŋ How to pronounce frosting (audio)
: lusterless finish of metal or glass : mat
also : a white finish produced on glass (as by etching)
: the lightening (as by chemicals) of small strands of hair throughout the entire head to produce a two-tone effect compare streaking

Example Sentences

We put frosting on the cupcakes.
Recent Examples on the Web Cake If there happens to ever be any leftover cake—coffee cake, birthday cake, cupcakes, everyday cake, et cetera—it does perfectly well being frozen, frosting and all. Melissa Breyer, Treehugger, 1 Mar. 2023 If your buttercream frosting appears too soft or even broken, refrigerate 15 to 30 minutes, and beat again. Torie Cox, Country Living, 27 Feb. 2023 The best use for this, in my imagination, is as cupcake frosting but there isn’t enough in the baby container to do that. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 22 Feb. 2023 Here, a simple chocolate thumbprint cookie is topped with a maraschino cherry and thick chocolate frosting. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Feb. 2023 Myrickwilcox suggests ordering cupcakes from your favorite bakery, but ask for the frosting on the side, so your kids can decorate the cupcakes at home. Christina Sturdivant Sani, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2023 Add the remaining sugar and beat the frosting until light and fluffy, adding more milk as necessary. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Nov. 2022 Tangy goat cheese in the frosting and a hint of cocoa and pepper in the cake add a depth and sophistication to this carrot cake. Sunset Magazine, 11 Nov. 2022 In place of frosting and sugar, ET had a birthday cake made of ice and fish. Marisa Sullivan, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of frosting was in 1750

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Cite this Entry

“Frosting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


frost·​ing ˈfrȯ-stiŋ How to pronounce frosting (audio)
: a dull finish on metal or glass
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