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.

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The bakery also is offering a These Colors Don’t Run cake featuring red, white and blue frosting. Jay Jones,, "Fourth of July starts early in Las Vegas. Check out these parties, parades and fireworks," 27 June 2018 Spread remaining frosting over sides and top of cake. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Chocolate Cake You'll Ever Have," 30 Mar. 2015 Tint remaining frosting and use, with marshmallows and candy pebbles, to decorate as desired. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Desert Bloom Cupcakes," 15 Feb. 2019 Top with cranberry cake layer and repeat with frosting. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Thanksgiving Cake," 24 Oct. 2018 For the reveal, Pepin had a local bakery make cupcakes and fill the inside with pink or blue frosting. Maggie Winterfeldt Clark, San Francisco Chronicle, "Girl or boy?: Creative ‘gender reveal’ parties catch on with parents," 16 May 2018 Watching out for foods that contain raw eggs, like homemade Hollandaise sauce, Caesar dressing, mayonnaise, cookie dough, frostings, and eggnog. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Recognize Salmonella Symptoms If You've Eaten Contaminated Products," 24 July 2018 As for the frosting, that gets four cups of Dr Pepper plus some grated orange zest and lemon zest. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "Ree Drummond Adds a Surprising Secret Ingredient to Her Cupcakes," 6 June 2017 Use vanilla frosting to add tufts of hair and attach holly sprinkles between the antlers. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Snowy Cookie Truffles," 30 Nov. 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

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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