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

Other Words from gingerbread

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

Examples of gingerbread in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web El Folklor has mastered all of the traditional staples, and serves up airy and nicely spiced conchas, chewy marranitos with a tingling gingerbread bite and snappy orejas that deliver irresistible crunch in every bite. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 20 July 2022 There are trees made of succulents; ones decorated with Polaroids, silk flowers, gingerbread and gumdrops, and even multicolored disco balls; and those with colorful decorations that flow in gradients. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2021 Families will particularly enjoy the Christmas fairytale forest at Munsterplatz thanks to activities such as gingerbread and candle decorating, a star workshop and a festive train. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 30 Nov. 2021 Each entry was required to be 75% gingerbread and 100% edible. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 27 Nov. 2021 The grinch, gingerbread, and red and white peppermint candy disc. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Nov. 2021 Dozens of gingerbread houses will be on display and an artisan gift market will be set up. Susan Dunne,, 26 Nov. 2021 There are also add-on options for holiday meals in the $10-20 range that will pay for fun activities like decorating gingerbread houses and making holiday treats. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Nov. 2021 From the huge variety of different Christmas lights to wall decor, gingerbread houses, and beyond, there's something here for every design style and color palette. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 11 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of gingerbread

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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