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

Breakfast is often a soft-boiled egg, a slice of smoked salmon and whole-grain toast with cream cheese and jam. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "Dancing Through a Family’s Dark Times," 29 Sep. 2018 Blvd This 1950s-inspired restaurant will offer a three-course, prix-fixe brunch menu for $55 ($25 for kids 12 and under, free for kids under 3), with such items as cured salmon toast with pickled beets, arugula, house yogurt and dill. Christen A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "25 Mother's Day brunch spots to wine and dine mom," 30 Apr. 2018 Breakfast is a cup of caffeinated coffee or tea, one slice of toast with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and half a grapefruit. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Military diet: 3-day diet or dud?," 8 Mar. 2018 Try pairing avocado toast with Scribe Sylvaner 2016 (Arrowhead Slope, Sonoma; $38) on a sunny porch for weekend brunch. Sunset, "5 Tricky Food & Wine Pairings We’ve Mastered," 22 Jan. 2018 The home-grown restaurant features homemade soups and sandwiches, but its signature dish is the English toast with a French flair. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Ultimate Arizona bucket list: 25 things to do in Mesa," 18 Feb. 2015 Now, Midwesterners will learn all about crafting the French tuck, the art of avocado toast, and the power of facing your emotional demons — all courtesy of the Fab Five's wise ways. refinery29.com, "Queer Eye Season 3 Will Tackle A Whole New Part Of America," 13 July 2018 Image At the time, the sheriff had retained more than $200,000, while the breakfast that Morgan County was serving to prisoners was sometimes no more than a slice of toast, part of an egg and several spoonfuls of grits. Alan Blinder, New York Times, "Alabama Moves to Limit Sheriffs From Pocketing Jail Food Money," 11 July 2018 That piece of toast, for example, still took around three and a half minutes to brown properly, so, not very fast. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Brava Hopes to Heat Up the 'Smart Kitchen' With a $995 Oven," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Cut tortillas into ghoulish shapes with cookie cutters, then lightly toast and spread the brain food on top! Mark Addison, Seventeen, "12 Genius Tips for Throwing a Spooky Halloween Party Your Friends Will Never Forget," 8 Aug. 2018 In a large bowl, whisk together lime juice, toasted peanut oil, low-sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, and grated ginger. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spiralized Zucchini and Carrot Salad," 25 July 2018 Scatter the remaining 1 tablespoon mint and toasted sliced almonds over the top and serve with couscous and broccoli. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Artistry, flavor blends are marks of Moroccan," 10 July 2018 His late arrival may have been glitzy, but the defensive end brought his lunch pail to the field and was toasting right tackle Winston Justice after just a few practices. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Winning another Super Bowl is why Eagles' Brandon Graham is willing to play out his contract | Jeff McLane," 9 June 2018 Gina and Patrick Neely have a quick appetizer recipe for Pimento Cheese & Bacon Crostini, which is toasted baguette slices spread with pimento cheese, topped with crispy bacon and baked just until the cheese melts and browns. Judy Walker, NOLA.com, "Pimento cheese sandwich, casserole, spread recipes: Variations are endless," 22 May 2018 Without much meat on the bone, the pile of pork was chewy and dusted with toasted garlic. Courtney Dabney, star-telegram, "Fort Worth’s first Zenna knows its Thai and Japanese niche | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 May 2018 There was the raw sea scallop, so intensely fresh that its slices clung together stickily; Mr. Hardy had dressed it with dots of yogurt, tiny oval basil leaves, toasted almonds and tart little pink cells of finger lime. New York Times, "Legacy Records Looks for History in a Brand New Neighborhood," 19 June 2018 Somewhere up there in That Great 19th Hole in the Sky, Arnie is likely toasting Rickie with a Ketel One on the rocks. Mike Bianchi, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Maybe we should root for Rickie Fowler to win The Arnie instead of Tiger Woods," 14 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Roast them for six to eight minutes, until they're lightly toasted. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make Nut Butter With Any Kind of Nut," 9 Nov. 2018 Stir in rice and 3/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and toasted, 4 to 6 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Risotto with Sweet Potato, Lemon, and Sage," 16 Aug. 2018 Bake for another 10 minutes until toasted, paying careful attention not to burn it. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Meet the New Manuka Honey Brand that Belongs in Every Pantry," 13 Aug. 2018 Grill, turning once, until toasted and lightly charred, 2 to 4 minutes. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Whipped Ricotta and Grilled Bread," 10 Aug. 2018 Breed was most recently president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for more than three years, On Tuesday, colleagues toasted her and outgoing Supervisor Jeff Sheehy at their final meeting. Janie Har, USA TODAY, "London Breed to be sworn in as San Francisco's first black female mayor," 11 July 2018 Lett is fond of curing fish and fermenting vegetables; yuzu kosho and toasted seaweed; miso, shiso and cod. Jonathan Gold, latimes.com, "Jonathan Gold finds Travis Lett's izakaya MTN to be Peak Venice — and pretty Japanese too," 25 May 2018 Tiny, airy Parisian dumplings are fine accents to silky chicken torchon, graced with crisped skin; and saffron tagliatelle support black-trumpet mushrooms, pickled pearl onions and toasted peanuts. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Sky's the limit with ambitious Santo Cielo," 18 May 2018 The red leaf lettuce salad, tossed with olives, toasted almonds, Asian pear and pickled turnips, is dressed with a mouthwatering mustard vinaigrette that hooks you anew with every bite. New York Times, "A Nashville Restaurant That Tastes as Good as It Looks," 4 Jan. 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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