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

Examples of gingerbread in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Solvang, California, Instead of Faaborg, Denmark Along the Central Coast in Santa Barbara County lies Solvang, a charming Danish village that’s home to gingerbread-style architecture, twirling windmills, and exceptionally friendly people. Molly O'brien, Travel + Leisure, "Visit One of These 8 Western U.S. Destinations for a Taste of Traveling Abroad," 13 June 2020 Usually in fiction there is some kind of redemption: Romulus and Remus are saved by a she-wolf; Snow White is rescued by dwarfs; and even Hansel and Gretel, facing certain doom in the gingerbread house, find their way home. Michael Bond, Wired, "Why Humans Totally Freak Out When They Get Lost," 13 May 2020 The larger-than-life masterpiece is handcrafted from 700 pounds of gingerbread, 250 pounds of royal icing, 30 gallons of molasses, 500 pounds of butter, 900 pounds of sugar and 880 eggs, according to a release. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Hilton Americas-Houston unveils new 2.5 ton chocolate and gingerbread holiday display," 21 Nov. 2019 One channel, Cat Games, has videos that entice cats to paw at everything from goldfish and lady bugs to leprechaun mice and gingerbread men. Sage Lazzaro, Wired, "Cats, Once YouTube Stars, Are Now an ‘Emerging Audience’," 22 Jan. 2020 The brothers were dressed as an elf and gingerbread man. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Lili Reinhart Jokes She Couldn’t Tell Dylan and Cole Sprouse Apart in Holiday Throwback Photo," 27 Dec. 2019 Daily tours of the home are available, along with musical performances and complimentary gingerbread cookies. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Christmas Village, Winter Solstice Hike and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 15 Dec. 2019 And finally, these light spice holiday cookies are like a gingerbread cookie with just a little zing and not so much bite. Carrie Knauer,, "Carrie’s Kitchen: December means it’s time for holiday cookie recipes," 2 Dec. 2019 Concession stands offer refreshments including hot cocoa, gingerbread cookies, popcorn, beer, wine and pretzels. Robin Goist, cleveland, "‘Deck the Hall’ brings Christmas lights, comic book heroes to Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron through Dec. 30," 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of gingerbread

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cite this Entry

“Gingerbread.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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