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 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 Hap encounters his wife being physically intimate with March inside a massive gingerbread house at a Christmas festival. Stacey Swann, Star Tribune, 14 May 2021 And there is often a gingerbread man missing a leg or snowman missing a corncob pipe that could stand to be let go. Star Tribune, 25 Dec. 2020 Sheryl always hated that story because no matter how far the gingerbread man ran, he always got eaten in the end by a wily fox. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Dec. 2020 This 4-piece holiday gift bag set has a little bit of everything for the holidays: two body cloud creams in warm cashmere and gingerbread man scents, and two bathroom sprays in the same scents. Tanner Saunders, USA TODAY, 2 Dec. 2020 Among the playthings, your feline will find a plush gingerbread man plump with catnip and a jinglebell ball. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, 10 Nov. 2020 Stamped on each cookie is one of five cheery designs including a gingerbread man surrounded by snowflakes., 22 Sep. 2020 Welcome scents like baked bread, honeysuckle and hot cocoa … morning dew, gingerbread and campfires … bacon, old books and autumn leaves. Mike Klingaman,, 25 Feb. 2021 Add a cool bottle of Vita Malt, a Jamaican soda that’s like a nonalcoholic cross between an English brown ale and gingerbread. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of gingerbread

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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13 Jun 2021

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“Gingerbread.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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