icing

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noun (1)

ic·​ing ˈī-siŋ How to pronounce icing (audio)
1
: a sweet flavored usually creamy mixture used to coat baked goods (such as cupcakes)

called also frosting

2
: something that adds to the interest, value, or appeal of an item or event
often used in the phrase icing on the cake

icing

2 of 2

noun (2)

: an illegal act by an ice hockey player of shooting a puck from within the defensive zone or defensive half of the rink beyond the opponents' goal line but not into the goal

Examples of icing in a Sentence

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Noun
The defining elements are its shape and icing, which has to be heated and poured on the warm, just-out-of-the-oven cake. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 13 Feb. 2024 The special holiday item puts a fruity spin on the fried chicken restaurant’s signature buttery biscuits by adding strawberry bits and a drizzle of creamy icing. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 The weather briefing included information about moderate icing between Carrizo Springs and Bridgeport and light rime ice between 4,000 and 6,000 feet in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to the report. Harriet Ramos, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 The result is a flat, round cake that’s slathered with cream cheese icing and dusted with sprinkles. Joan Niesen, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2024 Hanging on his facial hair: white and blue icing icicles with snowflake sprinkles. Emily Curiel, Kansas City Star, 19 Jan. 2024 Breakfast is served from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. only (don’t miss the cinnamon roll with cream cheese icing); the dinner specials — pot roast, steak, chicken schnitzel and roasted Jidori half-chicken — are available from 4 to 10 p.m. only. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2023 This recipe checks all the boxes: chocolatey red velvet dough, tangy cream cheese icing, and a delicious cinnamon filling. Liv Dansky, Southern Living, 24 Jan. 2024 To give the cake a little panache, Rochelle plans to add some icing for the special occasion. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 22 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

circa 1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of icing was circa 1740

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Cite this Entry

“Icing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/icing. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

icing

1 of 2 noun
ic·​ing ˈī-siŋ How to pronounce icing (audio)
1
: a sweet coating for baked goods (as cakes)

called also frosting

2
: something that adds to the interest, value, or appeal of an item or event
often used in the phrase icing on the cake

icing

2 of 2 noun
: the shooting of a hockey puck the length of the rink and beyond the opponent's goal line

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