\ ˈtōst How to pronounce toast (audio) \

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


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


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


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

The beef: chilled, minced by hand, elevated by dabs of piquant flavors, dolloped on thin toasts or potato chips. . Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Serving Raw Meat And Fish A Dinner Party Taboo?," 12 Apr. 2019 But if buying 1500-thread-count sheets or avocado toast or to-die-for earrings brings you joy? Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "To Me, From Me: Stories That Celebrate a Little Self-Indulgence," 7 Jan. 2019 Eating bland foods like dry toast or crackers can help, along with drinking plenty of fluids, avoiding smells that bother you, and having small, frequent meals instead of larger ones, ACOG says. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Gastrointestinal Issues That Can Affect You During Pregnancy," 14 Dec. 2018 For the kitchen without enough counter space, this model hangs from a cabinet and still fits a nine-inch pizza and can bake, toast, or warm. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Toaster Ovens You Can Buy," 5 Nov. 2018 Love Handle Who wants beef tongue egg toast or a fried chicken thigh cutlet on a waffle with miso-caramel butter? Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The best brunch spots in Indianapolis right now," 26 Mar. 2018 There were toasts, dancing, and, of course, Connect 4. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Camila Cabello Randomly Dancing Was the Best Part of the 2018 MTV VMAs," 21 Aug. 2018 Barely six years ago, Colin Kaepernick was the toast of League, a soft-spoken, tatted, brown-skinned quarterback poised to capitalize on the progress the NFL seemed to be making. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: The Two Super Bowls," 5 Feb. 2018 But Demi digs in further at the cocktail party, stealing Colton right after his toast for one-on-one time. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelor Season 23, Episode 2 Recap: Is Demi This Season's Villain?," 14 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While the woman said to a friend in a text that she had been pressured to drink, Ms. Brisbois said the woman toasted Mr. Liu and added wine to her own glass. WSJ, " Founder Faces Backlash at Home: ‘Behind the Law is Morality’," 22 Dec. 2018 The smell is lovely too, like toasted coconuts, and was not overpowering. Talia Abbas, SELF, "I’ve Been Using This Coconut Oil-Based Moisturizer for a Month and It’s a Total Game-Changer," 21 Sep. 2018 Fold in peaches, toasted walnuts, and crumbled blue cheese. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Peach, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Salad," 25 July 2018 Limes For the guajillo purée: Place chiles on a sheet tray in a 350 degree oven for four minutes, until toasted and puffy. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Menu at Porch, Louisville's newest downtown hit, 'speaks to everyone'," 15 May 2018 Transfer to a large bowl and add 1 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley, toasted bread and 1-2 cups chicken stock. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Everyone’s Secret-Favorite Thanksgiving Dish," 8 Nov. 2018 Remove the pastrami and toast the bread in the same pan or griddle. Heinz® Mayonnaise, Bon Appetit, "This “PLT” Will Be Your New Fave Sandwich," 25 June 2018 On a baking sheet, toast the bread in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until it is lightly browned and crisp. 2. Sally Pasley Vargas,, "Recipe: Crispy soft-shell crabs and chipotle mayo fill these po’ boy sandwiches," 18 June 2018 Once thawed, a hot pan and a splash of oil transform large shrimp into a crispy, spicy treat to eat out of hand or pile on toasted bread. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "How to stock your kitchen for quick shrimp dinners," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Spread about 1 tablespoon of ricotta over toasted baguette slices. For Kroger, The Courier-Journal, "Make an easy and elegant ricotta and radish crostini for spring," 17 May 2018 Or tops them with jalapeño, lime, mint, parsley, and toasted pistachios. Sunset, "5 Killer Ideas for a Big-Batch Feast," 22 Jan. 2018 With a cocktail reception to start, attendees toasted with flutes of Pommery Champagne in the castle-like ambience of the Bowery’s upstairs terrace. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "The Armory Show’s Collectors Dinner Gathered the Art World's Most Influential," 6 Mar. 2019 Diners toasted each other with non-alcoholic beer in London last January. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "The Dry January Effect," 1 Jan. 2019 Whisk the chocolate and butter mixture into the egg mix, adding in toasted walnut. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 Despite being a woman, the Queen is known as a Duke as opposed to a Duchess, and today, she will be toasted as such. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Centuries-Old Reason Why Queen Elizabeth Is Also Known as the Duke of Lancaster," 27 Nov. 2018 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 Jonas and Chopra toasted their engagement with two parties: a traditional Indian Puja celebration, and a less-formal house gathering. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Wedding: Everything We Know So Far," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of toast


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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\ ˈtōst How to pronounce toast (audio) \
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



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.


toasted; toasting

Kids Definition of toast (Entry 3 of 3)

: to drink in honor of

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