toast

noun
\ ˈtōst \

Definition of toast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : sliced bread browned on both sides by heat
b : food prepared with toasted bread
2 [ 3toast ] : an act of proposing or of drinking in honor of a toast
3 slang : one that is finished or done for soon their relationship was toast— Rick Reilly
4 : a rhyming narrative poem existing in oral tradition among black Americans

5 [ from the use of pieces of spiced toast to flavor drinks ]

a(1) : a person whose health is drunk
(2) : something in honor of which persons usually drink
b : one that is highly admired she's the toast of society

toast

verb (1)
toasted; toasting; toasts

Definition of toast (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to make (food, such as bread) crisp, hot, and brown by heat
2 : to warm thoroughly

intransitive verb

: to become toasted especially : to warm thoroughly

toast

verb (2)
toasted; toasting; toasts

Definition of toast (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to propose or drink to as a toast

Examples of toast in a Sentence

Noun

I had toast for breakfast. He made a toast to the bride and groom. Everyone drank a toast to the bride and groom.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Instead with China in 1989 Americans were given an image of champagne toasts with men regarded as butchers. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Nixon, Now More Than Ever," 26 Nov. 2018 Paisley wallpaper wrapped around the room as beef sliders, avocado toast, and sugary cream puffs were passed through the crowd. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Natalie Portman and Sia-Composed Songs Stole the Show at Last Night’s Premiere for Vox Lux," 14 Dec. 2018 There’s also a wine and champagne list for those celebratory toasts, and the option of afternoon tea. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About the Royal-Approved Maternity Ward, The Lindo Wing," 15 Oct. 2018 Sunday morning smells like: Scrambled eggs, toast, and mushrooms, with coffee in the background. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Roja Dove Loves the Smell of Rose Tea and Sealing Wax," 25 June 2018 Maks, Val and Tony are expected to host the studio's opening event, which will include a champagne toast and room for about 150 hopeful students who try out for an invitation by visiting dancewithmeusa.com. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Want to move like a 'Dancing With the Stars' pro? Maks, Val opening South Florida studio," 1 June 2018 From home decor and real estate, to avocado toast and livestock, there’s officially nothing Joanna Gaines can’t do. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Dress Your Whole Family in Joanna Gaines’ Adorable New Collaboration with Matilda Jane Clothing," 22 May 2018 The answer to Fargo’s question was designs from Mary Katrantzou, who was the toast of Manhattan last night at the haute retailer. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Linda Fargo and Bergdorf Goodman Celebrate 10 Years of Mary Katrantzou," 7 Nov. 2018 In May, Chopard—an exemplar of experiential offerings—was the toast of the Cannes Film Festival with its much-ballyhooed invitation-only blowouts. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "The Experience Wars: Inside the Furious Fight for the Affections (and Dollars) of the World's Biggest Spenders," 20 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Last night, the designer and Clase Azul toasted Sharp Objects stars (and nominees) Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson by bringing together a chic coterie at her Rodeo Drive flagship. Vogue, "Tory Burch Toasts Sharp Objects’s Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson Ahead of the Golden Globes," 5 Jan. 2019 Diners toasted each other with non-alcoholic beer in London last January. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "The Dry January Effect," 1 Jan. 2019 Sprinkle lightly with salt and bake at 300°F until toasted, about 35 to 45 minutes, checking and stirring every 10 minutes. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds for the Perfect Fall Snack," 21 Nov. 2018 America’s jet-setting class toasted the country last October at what has become a new stop on the high-finance conference calendar. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "In the Tesla drama, Saudi Arabia reminds Silicon Valley of its weight," 13 Aug. 2018 Shortly after the press conference following the show began, Kelly asked for (and received) a glass of bubbly to toast her contestant. Alisa Wolfson, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Was Apparently 'So Sick' During 'The Voice' Finale," 19 Dec. 2018 Inside, among the twinkling holiday decorations and bustling shoppers, an intimate crowd gathered at Blue Ribbon Sushi to toast Tamara Mellon and her namesake luxury line. Vogue, "Kris Jenner, Zoe Saldana, Storm Reid, and More Toast Tamara Mellon," 14 Dec. 2018 Tomorrow, on his actual birthday, guests including Will and Kate and Meghan and Harry, along with members of other royal families from across Europe are expected to toast Britain's heir apparent at a banquet at Buckingham Palace. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Looks Lovely in a Polka-Dot Dress for Prince Charles's 70th Birthday Portraits," 13 Nov. 2018 Delicious finger food was served for the impressive number of 800 plus guests, and the finest champagne flowed amongst tables before groom, Jack Brooksbank, and father of the bride, Prince Andrew, took time to toast the room. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Jack Brooksbank and Prince Andrew's Wedding Speeches to Princess Eugenie Sound So Emotional," 13 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And modeling the wares was an equally stylish crew, including Erin Walsh, Hilary Rhoda, and Jessica Joffe, who joined La Ligne’s Meredith Melling, Molly Howard, and Valerie Macaulay in toasting House of Fluff’s Kym Canter on the collection. Vogue, "La Ligne and House of Fluff Get a Head Start on Cozy-Coat Season," 16 Nov. 2018 When Armenia fell under Russian (and subsequently Soviet) influence, the nation’s toasting traditions inevitably evolved. Benjamin Kemper, Smithsonian, "Raising a Glass to Armenia’s Elaborate Toasting Tradition," 13 July 2018 Shortly after the press conference following the show began, Kelly asked for (and received) a glass of bubbly to toast her contestant. Alisa Wolfson, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Was Apparently 'So Sick' During 'The Voice' Finale," 19 Dec. 2018 Inside, among the twinkling holiday decorations and bustling shoppers, an intimate crowd gathered at Blue Ribbon Sushi to toast Tamara Mellon and her namesake luxury line. Vogue, "Kris Jenner, Zoe Saldana, Storm Reid, and More Toast Tamara Mellon," 14 Dec. 2018 Delicious finger food was served for the impressive number of 800 plus guests, and the finest champagne flowed amongst tables before groom, Jack Brooksbank, and father of the bride, Prince Andrew, took time to toast the room. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Jack Brooksbank and Prince Andrew's Wedding Speeches to Princess Eugenie Sound So Emotional," 13 Oct. 2018 To toast its milestone this year, Too Faced will also be amping up its original collection with a modern twist. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Too Faced and Drybar Want to Make Your Hair Sparkle With Their New Styling Spray," 25 July 2018 The textural contrast between the creamy filling and the toasted coconut chips on top is reason alone. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 The dinner, which brought guests to scenic Coldwater Canyon in Beverly Hills, welcomed Sofía Vergara, Olivia Munn, and Alessandra Ambrosio, who (clad in Michael Kors, no less) toasted Hudson and her latest appointment. Cameron Bird, Vogue, "Michael Kors Toasts Kate Hudson With Los Angeles Dinner," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of toast

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Verb (2)

1640, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for toast

Verb (1)

Middle English tosten, from Anglo-French toster, from Late Latin tostare to roast, from Latin tostus, past participle of torrēre to dry, parch — more at thirst

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toast

verb
\ ˈtōst \
toasted; toasting

Kids Definition of toast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to make (food) crisp, hot, and brown by heat toast bread toast cheese
2 : to warm completely Their bare toes toasted in the heat from the fire.— Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie

toast

noun

Kids Definition of toast (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : sliced bread made crisp, hot, and brown by heat
2 : an act of drinking in honor of a person
3 : a person in whose honor other people drink
4 : a highly admired person He's the toast of the town.

toast

verb
toasted; toasting

Kids Definition of toast (Entry 3 of 3)

: to drink in honor of

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