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

Examples of gingerbread in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bake pumpkin bread; pumpkin sage biscuits; pecan, sweet potato and apple pies; or gingerbread cookies, and fill your home with the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg. 17. Katia Hetter, CNN, "50 fun things to do this fall (take your pick)," 22 Sep. 2020 The gingerbread cookies are currently rolling out nationwide and will be available while supplies last., "Oreo Releases Cookie Graveyard Kit That's Like a Halloween Gingerbread House," 22 Sep. 2020 Isn’t everyone already good to go in terms of spritz, gingerbread and sugar cutouts? Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "Attention, bakers: Enter the 18th annual Star Tribune cookie contest," 4 Sep. 2020 Socially distant character sightings will take on a festive flair across the theme parks, and the Magic Kingdom cavalcade will feature a few extra friends, including elves, reindeer, gingerbread men, and more. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "Disney World Will Still Be Magical This Christmas — but 2 Major Events Are Canceled," 9 Sep. 2020 Like, for instance, a snowcapped gingerbread cabin, or a rustic little stone cottage with a thatched roof. Christopher Michel, Country Living, "How to Make Beautiful Gingerbread House Cottages," 8 Sep. 2020 Disney Resort hotels will also be decked out for the holidays with lobbies featuring iconic trees and other decorations, but gingerbread houses will not make a return this year. Kathleen Christiansen,, "Disney cancels Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Epcot’s Candlelight Processional, but other holiday happenings in store," 8 Sep. 2020 In addition, visitors can also look forward to returning fan favorites such as snow tubing, ice skating, gingerbread decorating, character breakfasts, and stories with Mrs. Claus, and even building a snowman with real snow! Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "This Texas resort unveils a new pop-up Christmas experience to add to your bucket list," 4 Sep. 2020 Much of the footage showcases the stagecraft behind her 2011–12 world tour, a pageant of dancing gingerbread men and poofy pink clouds that would presage her hallucinatory 2015 Super Bowl halftime show. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Katy Perry and the End of Pop," 1 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of gingerbread

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Sep 2020

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“Gingerbread.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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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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