frost·​ing | \ˈfrȯ-stiŋ \

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

Make the frosting and decorate: Beat butter and cream cheese on low speed with an electric mixer until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Santa Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting," 7 Dec. 2018 Place pecan cake on a cake plate and pipe cream cheese frosting around the edge of the cake (this will create a dam, preventing the cake from bulging and the frosting from escaping). Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Thanksgiving Cake," 24 Oct. 2018 The three lemon and elderflower portions were decorated with a simple swiss meringue frosting and fresh flowers. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "How Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Compares to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's," 12 Oct. 2018 Spoon the frosting into a large resealable freezer bag. Snip a 1/2-inch opening off one corner of the bag; pipe the frosting on top of each cookie to form ghosts. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Marshmallow Ghosts," 19 Sep. 2018 The Boston cream pie is actually cloaked in mystery as well as chocolate frosting. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "Is Boston Cream Pie the World’s Most Delicious...Cake?," 9 Nov. 2018 Put me down for a slice of seven-layer chocolate cake with soft, fudge-like frosting. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Central Smoke’s Asian-accented, down-home barbecue adds fire and spice to chilly nights," 25 Oct. 2018 Pipe 2 large dots of white royal frosting for eyes and press in 2 M&M’s. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Frankenstein and His Bride Cupcakes," 2 Oct. 2018 Pipe the rest of the frosting onto cookies for serving, if desired. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Marshmallow Ghosts," 19 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of frosting

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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 \

Kids Definition of frosting

1 : icing

2 : a dull finish on glass

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