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 brilliance of cake as a waffle is that all those dents fill up with frosting. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, "I Replaced My Oven With a Waffle Maker, and You Should Too," 24 Aug. 2019 Sister Jean and her brothers could request a specific menu — her favorite was chicken fricassee, homemade noodles and pound cake with lots of frosting. Shannon Ryan,, "Sister Jean, a fixture at Loyola basketball games, turns 100 today. Her secret to a long life? ‘I eat well and sleep well. And hopefully I pray well.’," 21 Aug. 2019 Elphaba green, the doughnuts are iced with strawberry-cheesecake frosting and garnished in Glinda-esque style. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "Psycho Donuts’ new ‘Wicked’ doughnuts channel Glinda the good witch," 5 Aug. 2019 Maybe one of them is creative enough to draw a turkey using the different colored frostings. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "21 Friendsgiving Activities That Will Up Your Party Game," 29 July 2019 Lemon is the filling, blueberry is the frosting and its lovely shade makes for a nice photo-op, as do the contrasting white chocolate spheres. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Tart it up at Woody’s Lunch Box," 5 Aug. 2019 But around a decade ago, people started passing the results, under seal, to obliging bakers, who would bake pink or blue cakes, conceal them in neutral-colored frosting and then deliver them to be cut open at a party in front of friends and family. Carina Chocano, New York Times, "When Gender Reveal Videos Go Spectacularly, Cathartically Wrong," 1 Aug. 2019 Although Kardashian's black colour is normally cool, the frosting gives her hair a slight ash-brown tint. Samantha Sasso,, "Kim Kardashian Tries "Frosted Brown" Hair For Summer — & It Looks So Good," 3 July 2019 The confection, a simple white round slab with white frosting, looked good. Hillary Davis,, "After 50 years, Newport couple’s love is frozen in time — and so is their wedding cake," 27 June 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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