gin·ger·bread | \ˈjin-jər-ˌbred \

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 \ adjective
gingerbready \ˈjin-jər-ˌbre-dē \ adjective

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In addition to its memorialization in the Al Alberts classic, the community is known for its gingerbread architecture, its annual jazz festival and a lively arts scene. Shannon Rooney,, "It's Shore Time: On the way to Cape May," 11 June 2018 Chewbacca is a Giant Blue Frizzled Cochin rooster who lives in a compound of gingerbread-style coops and sheds in Monte Sereno which merits the term Disneyesque. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, "When Silicon Valley Disrupts the Chicken Coop," 23 Mar. 2018 Not like gingerbread, more like a pound cake enhanced with fresh ginger. Polly Campbell,, "Perch at Blackbird Eatery for Mary Swortwood's latest," 20 June 2018 On Christmas Eve, 6-year-old Bennett Mallory of San Luis Obispo set up a hot chocolate and gingerbread stand, pledging all proceeds to the Iverson family. Peter Rowe,, "Father's Day without a hero dad: how a widow makes her late husband present to their young daughters," 17 June 2018 Living on this picture–perfect campus — where street lights bathe the leaves and the buildings look like gingerbread houses and a giant statue that says LOVE sits in the center of the green — has been a constant reminder of my trauma., "Why Graduation Is Different For Sexual Assault Survivors," 30 May 2018 Breakfast enchiladas stuffed with pork or turkey sausage, $9.25; giant gingerbread pancake, $4.25 for one. Anne Harnagel,, "Searching for Billy the Kid and UFOs in southeastern New Mexico," 18 May 2018 It is lined in aeas with Victorian-era mansions and houses in Gothic Revival, Italianate and Queen Anne styles, often elaborately painted to highlight gingerbread details. Steven Litt,, "Traffic-calming ideas for crash-ridden Franklin Boulevard to be aired by NOACA at Tuesday meeting (photos)," 2 Mar. 2018 Chaddsford Winery is leveling up the classic combination by creating interesting pairings that include gingerbread ganache, lavender chocolate, and a cocoa made with Chaddsford Red. Grace Dickinson,, "5 date ideas for a romantic Valentine's Day in Philadelphia," 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of gingerbread

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of gingerbread

: a dark cake flavored with ginger and molasses

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