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 The frozen treat spinoff features a white cake ice cream base, pound cake pieces, green sprinkles and swirls of red frosting, according to a news release. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, 1 Nov. 2021 Stenciling is so much simpler and more straightforward than piping elaborate shapes of frosting, and can be used to gussy up everything from a complex layer cake to the most beginner-friendly sheet cake. Lisa Ruland, Bon Appétit, 13 Oct. 2021 The oil paint is laid on thick, like the most scrumptious cake frosting imaginable, in the portrait of the poet Robert Duncan that his life partner, the artist known as Jess, made in 1965. Jed Perl, The New York Review of Books, 26 Mar. 2020 The decadent, three-layer(!) sweet potato cake with salted cream cheese frosting that makes for a show-stopping dessert centerpiece. Mehreen Karim, Bon Appétit, 9 Oct. 2021 Its interior is yellow with blue and pink frosting topped off with colorful sprinkles. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 30 Sep. 2021 The black velvet ice cream, which tastes like red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, is one of the shop’s signatures. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 24 Aug. 2021 Don’t miss the pumpkin spice cupcakes either, which are tender and moist with a flavorful orange cream cheese frosting. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Oct. 2021 Chocolate beet cupcakes are rich and tender and can be crowned with a naturally and festively pink buttercream frosting. Casey Barber, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of frosting

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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17 Nov 2021

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“Frosting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of frosting

: 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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