gingerbread

noun

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

Examples of gingerbread in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On board, passengers are treated to elaborate meals like sauteed duck with endives and gingerbread on flights from Paris and salad topped with chicken confit on flights from Newark, as well as Champagne to toast the romantic vacation. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 1 Feb. 2024 The 2023 gingerbread White House replica pays homage to a holiday classic. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 25 Dec. 2023 The cafe and micro-bakery Hygge is known for its fun and ever-changing specials, like croissants with gingerbread and caramel or coconut cream with licorice and raspberry meringue. Regan Stephens, Travel + Leisure, 14 Mar. 2024 Mean Girls' Gretchen Wieners) plays a struggling baker who enters a gingerbread competition. EW.com, 11 Dec. 2023 The peppered gingerbread and smoked marshmallow scent gives the warm, cozy feeling of pulling fresh cookies out of the oven without all of the work. Anne Cruz, Bon Appétit, 11 Dec. 2023 Better Homes & Gardens Full Size Warmer Gingerbread House This detailed gingerbread house looks great as part of your holiday decor even when it’s not turned on. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Dec. 2023 The signature Sippin’ Santa, with spicy aged Demerara rum, brings seasonal flavors with gingerbread, lemon and orange. Fritz Hahn, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2023 Over the years, the designs for the gingerbread White House have gotten more unique and elaborate. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 25 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gingerbread was in the 15th century

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“Gingerbread.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gingerbread. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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gingerbread

noun
gin·​ger·​bread ˈjin-jər-ˌbred How to pronounce gingerbread (audio)
1
: a cake made with molasses and flavored with ginger
2
: showy ornamentation especially in architecture
gingerbread adjective
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