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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Though Hunter landed in the top 3, the win went to Harvard University graduate Nick DiGiovanni, who served lemon meringue pie with gingerbread crumb and blueberry coulis in a glass mixing bowl. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "Grant Achatz guest judges ‘MasterChef,’ and the challenge winner is a surprise pick," 13 Aug. 2019 Enjoy a festive holiday meal, take part in the gingerbread decorating competition, fill the stockings hanging in your luxury home, and decorate your included Christmas tree (or the resort will handle it for you). Candice Yacono, Orange County Register, "Where is paradise? Right near Missoula, Montana," 29 July 2019 The original tented camp was replaced by gingerbread cottages, hundreds of which have been lovingly restored and decorated with antique Chinese and Japanese lanterns. Anna Marlis Burgard, National Geographic, "This summer’s best island festivals in the U.S.," 12 June 2019 Caria responded with a gingerbread-flavored variety, using an Italian mascarpone buttercream to create the snowmen. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Windermere man takes the cake — and $10K, wins Food Network baking competition," 11 July 2019 There is at least one company sponsored event for each holiday, themed lunches, decorating contests and gingerbread house decorating. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "Small Company Rankings," 13 June 2019 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

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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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