gingerbread

noun
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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The newspaper adds that the area is filled with 100 year-old mansions, modest Victorian spaces, and even a gingerbread house that—almost—looks cute enough to eat. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "The 'Blue Bloods' House Where the Reagans Have Their Family Dinners Is a Real Place," 22 Feb. 2019 Candied ginger and grated orange peel deliver a classic Christmas cookie that puts gingerbread to shame. Adina Steiman, WSJ, "This Holiday Season’s Smartest Cookie," 5 Dec. 2018 America during the holidays is an embarrassment of riches, from sugar cookies to gingerbread to candy canes and every delicious morsel in between. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "I Started Snacking Differently at Work and Got WAY More Productive," 20 Mar. 2019 Kooky Cooky House: Milwaukee’s own gingerbread-making display from the 1960s has been recreated and is on display through Jan. 1 as part of the holiday floral show at The Domes, 524 S. Layton Blvd. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Christmas 2017: Holiday tree lightings and displays in the Milwaukee area," 13 Nov. 2017 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

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First Known Use of gingerbread

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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gingerbread

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gingerbread

: a cake or cookie made with molasses and ginger

gingerbread

noun
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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