gingerbread

noun gin·ger·bread \ ˈjin-jər-ˌbred \
|Updated on: 12 Aug 2018

Definition of gingerbread

1 : a cake whose ingredients include molasses and ginger
2
[from the fancy shapes and gilding formerly often applied to gingerbread]
: lavish or superfluous ornament especially in architecture

gingerbread

adjective

gingerbreaded

play \ˈjin-jər-ˌbre-dəd\ adjective

gingerbready

play \ˈjin-jər-ˌbre-dē\ adjective

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First Known Use of gingerbread

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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GINGERBREAD Defined for English Language Learners

gingerbread

Definition of gingerbread for English Language Learners

  • : a cake or cookie made with molasses and ginger


GINGERBREAD Defined for Kids

gingerbread

noun gin·ger·bread \ ˈjin-jər-ˌbred \

Definition of gingerbread for Students

: a dark cake flavored with ginger and molasses


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