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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The outrageous suggestions on the fantasy gifts list have included diamond bracelets for $248,000, a $15,000 edible gingerbread house, luxury linens for $55,000, a $1.5 million rose-gold airplane, and a $425,000 VIP package to the Academy Awards. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The annual Neiman Marcus fantasy gifts list gives a look into what the 1 percent buys for the holidays.," 18 Oct. 2018 From gingerbread cookies to chocolate everything, Christmas treats are everywhere. Marlisse Cepeda, Country Living, "Pickle Flavored Candy Canes Are Here Just in Time for Christmas," 21 Nov. 2016 The jerk fish is spiked with gingerbread spice, and the Cavan double-stack burger is anointed with a tangy Sazerac BBQ sauce. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Restaurants in New Orleans," 28 Feb. 2018 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

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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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