sweet·​bread ˈswēt-ˌbred How to pronounce sweetbread (audio)
: the thymus or pancreas of a young animal (such as a calf) used for food

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Shortbread is a thick cookie, and a sweetbread is not sweet and not bread. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 June 2021 On the menu: steak tartare, veal sweetbreads, fillets of bass and a lively cocktail list. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2020 The highlight is the coniglio e animelle, rabbit three ways: tender legs, sausage, and sweetbreads, topped with giant capers, crunchy snap peas, and a braise sauce sweetened with mostarda, made with apricot, pear, orange, and mustard. Jessica Henderson, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2019 Enjoy buffalo sweetbreads with bleu cheese mousse; burgers with garlic cheddar fondue; beef fat popovers; and a full New England clam bake. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2019 About that ris de veau: Bradley loves him some ris de veau, aka veal sweetbread. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2019 Signs of spring surround veal sweetbreads sautéed to a precise snap: fava beans, pea tendrils and rhubarb compote flavored with only enough port to tease out the sweet-bitter elements. Bill Addison, latimes.com, 27 June 2019 One course, Tourte, consisted of a domed pastry filled with a chop of duck, foie gras and sweetbreads. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Apr. 2018 Must-orders include tomato salad; Artichoke Flower Salad; sweetbreads; Israeli salad with tahini; veal cheek; Classified Cut; and malabi dessert with rosewater. Houston Chronicle, 10 May 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sweetbread was in 1565

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“Sweetbread.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweetbread. Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


sweet·​bread ˈswēt-ˌbred How to pronounce sweetbread (audio)
: the thymus or pancreas of a young animal (as a calf) used as food

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