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.

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The frosting and decorations (royal seals and family insignia in marzipan) budge as little as the Queen’s Guard. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "Hold On to Your Fascinators, We Made an Unofficial Royal Wedding Cake Recipe," 15 May 2018 The vanilla cupcakes with chocolate-date frosting are among more than 140 kid-friendly recipes in Sacher's new cookbook, The Wholesome Child ($25;, "These Vanilla Cupcakes Are Made With Cauliflower—and You’d Never Know It," 10 July 2018 Ina has a video of herself decorating the sponge sheet cake with buttercream frosting, raspberries, and blueberries on Instagram. Olivia Harrison,, "Watch Ina Garten Decorate Her Favorite 4th Of July Cake," 28 June 2018 Except for cake frostings and certain desserts for which have specified unsalted butter, American salted and French butter are interchangeable in cooking. Charlotte Druckman, sacbee, "In a churn of events, salted butter is back | The Sacramento Bee," 8 May 2018 Customers can choose from a variety of Cinnaholic's signature frosting flavors (think coffee or marshmallow frosting, just for starters) and more than 130 toppings (how about oreos, sprinkles or berries, among many others). Linda Gandee/special To,, "Cinnaholic cinnamon buns coming to Westlake," 7 May 2018 Cover top of one cake layer with dark-chocolate frosting and place second cake layer on top. Country Living, "Over the Moon Cake," 23 Oct. 2012 To make frosting, place sugar, milk, butter salt and chocolate in a saucepan. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Mints go from trash to treasured cookies," 13 July 2018 Fruity Pebbles churro 355 N. Clark St. Try a variety of experimental churro flavors including Fruity Pebbles (with vanilla frosting) as well as red velvet, Oreo and Nutella. $3.50 each, six for $18 and 12 for $35. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "10 cereal dishes that take childhood favorites out of the breakfast bowl," 6 July 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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