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
gingerbreadedplay \ˈjin-jər-ˌbre-dəd\ adjective
gingerbreadyplay \ˈjin-jər-ˌbre-dē\ adjective
Recent Examples of gingerbread from the Web
A thousand gingerbread ubermensch, their nubby nutmeg arms raised in salute, hail their leader: Gingerbread Hitler, with a licorice bite for a mustache.
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First Known Use of gingerbread
GINGERBREAD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gingerbread for English Language Learners
: a cake or cookie made with molasses and ginger
GINGERBREAD Defined for Kids
Definition of gingerbread for Students
: a dark cake flavored with ginger and molasses
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