gin·​ger·​bread | \ ˈjin-jər-ˌbred How to pronounce gingerbread (audio) \

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

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Other Words from gingerbread

gingerbread adjective
gingerbreaded \ ˈjin-​jər-​ˌbre-​dəd How to pronounce gingerbreaded (audio) \ adjective
gingerbready \ ˈjin-​jər-​ˌbre-​dē How to pronounce gingerbready (audio) \ adjective

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From the Kardashian-Jenner Christmas Eve party that featured sled riding in gowns to a night of gingerbread decorating with Bella Hadid and The Weeknd, the festivities during the 2018 holiday season sure looked sweet. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "How Celebrities Including Demi Lovato, BTS, Ariana Grande, and Kylie Jenner Spent Christmas," 26 Dec. 2018 One kid wants a gingerbread house, the other wants star cut-outs. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Hearth & Hand Multi-Cookie Cutter Sheet Is Back in Stock," 12 Dec. 2018 Like making gingerbread or trying on a new pair of shoes. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Every Furby gets a home," 21 Dec. 2018 Dugantsi grew up making gingerbread with her family in Hungary. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "Watch This Baker Make Mesmerizing Cookie Art," 17 Dec. 2018 Gingerbread Jubilee FRI Holiday craft activities, music, gingerbread house construction zone, for all ages, 5 p.m. Friday, Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: PhinneyWood Phestivus and other holiday events; ‘Sasquatch’ and ‘Bullitt’ Mustang exhibits," 12 Dec. 2018 Using floured small gingerbread and star cutters, cut out cookies. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Mocha Men and Star Cookies," 30 Nov. 2018 Add some country charm to your gingerbread house this December with these sweet treats. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Puffed Rice Hay Bales," 19 Nov. 2018 Now eighty-one, Señora Román still lives in the amazing Moorish-style gingerbread house she was born in. Maureen Orth, Town & Country, "Inside Cartagena," 11 Jan. 2013

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First Known Use of gingerbread

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of gingerbread

: a cake or cookie made with molasses and ginger


gin·​ger·​bread | \ ˈjin-jər-ˌbred How to pronounce gingerbread (audio) \

Kids Definition of gingerbread

: a dark cake flavored with ginger and molasses

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