noun (1)
ic·​ing | \ ˈī-siŋ How to pronounce icing (audio) \

Definition of icing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


noun (2)

Definition of icing (Entry 2 of 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

First Known Use of icing

Noun (1)

circa 1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Icing.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/icing. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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ic·​ing | \ ˈī-siŋ How to pronounce icing (audio) \

Kids Definition of icing

: a sweet coating for baked goods (as cakes)

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