\ 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

Two eggs any style, breakfast meat (bacon, sausage links, patties), home fries and toast, with some options available. Marc Bona,, "Jake’s on the Lake: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 8 June 2019 Mina is planning to lease the space to U :Dessert Story, a business known for photo-friendly desserts like mango sticky rice bingsoo (Korean snow ice), sticky rice toast, and a number of matcha lattes and floats. Justin Phillips,, "Michael Mina closes Mina Test Kitchen and Instagram-friendly U :Dessert Story will replace it," 5 June 2019 Out swirl notes of toffee and cocoa, walnuts and toast, biscuits and coffee. Hearty... William Bostwick, WSJ, "Beer for Those Seeking Balance," 12 Apr. 2019 French kids start their day with juice and toast loaded with jam, and consider a pain au chocolat at 4:00 p.m. their human right. Alexandra Marshall, Vogue, "What Does It Take to Stepmother a Pair of French Kids?," 17 May 2019 Despite the fact that the four friends toast to a normal senior year at the end of the finale, this clip proves that is not going to happen as Archie, Betty, and Veronica are seen standing around a bonfire, in their underwear, and covered in blood. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "8 "Riverdale" Questions That Need to Be Answered in Season 4," 16 May 2019 Despite closing down her lifestyle website, The Tig, following news of her engagement to Prince Harry, Meghan's passion for food is clearly still alive and well—and her avocado toast looks so delicious. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Just Made Avocado Toast for Makeup Artist Daniel Martin & It Looks Delicious," 20 Jan. 2019 K-pop stars and hair dye go together like peanut butter and jelly or avocados and toast. Devon Abelman, Allure, "K-Pop Group Blackpink Is About to Drop a Rose-Gold Hair Dye," 5 Oct. 2018 Usually fruit, yogurt, some whole-wheat toast — maybe a juice. Hope Reese, The Cut, "How I Get It Done: Nina Garcia, Editor-in-Chief of Elle Magazine," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One of the most fun menu items on the rooftop is the re-creation of another favorite found at Lutheran potlucks all over the state — the Asian salad with toasted ramen noodles. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Ox Cart’s new format offers playful food, sweet drinks and a good time," 6 June 2019 Serve over greens or with toasted pita for more heft. Sarah Baird, Glamour, "Food on the Front Lines: Meet the People Fueling the Resistance," 7 Sep. 2018 This summer, 45 million pounds of marshmallows will be toasted over a fire in America. Jeffrey Miller, Smithsonian, "Let Us Tell You S’more About America’s Favorite Campfire Treat," 29 June 2018 Five days after sharing a still from A Simple Favor — in which the duo were toasting with martinis — Kendrick posted the same photo, this time, with Lively completely erased. Stephanie Petit,, "Blake Lively Returns to Instagram to Share First Teaser for A Simple Favor — Watch the Trailer," 2 May 2018 On April 1st, the Christiansburg Police Department in Christiansburg, Virginia welcomed Mary Jane, pictured above, to their team, toasted in four Facebook posts to mark the exciting occasion. Southern Living, "Christiansburg Police Department Hires "Nation's First Dual-Purpose Bunny"," 1 Apr. 2018 This is the busiest season -- March through May -- and some weekends as many as five sets of brides and grooms will toast their futures in front of a signature cake from The Little Cake Shop. Michael Dumas,, "Sisters make their mark in family bakery business going back decades," 18 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, in a small skillet, toast the pine nuts over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until light golden all over, about 4 minutes., "Crudités with Spinach Artichoke and Basil Pesto Dips," 29 Jan. 2018 Without someone who can make more shots and put more pressure on opposing defenses, a rim protector won't make enough of a difference on the defensive end -- because the Cavs would still get toasted in transition. Joe Vardon,, "What are the Cavaliers going to do at the trade deadline? 'Hey, Joe!'," 19 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Virgil Abloh spent the night at Saks Fifth Avenue's new in-store hot spot, L'Avenue, to toast his new capsule with the mega department store. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Virgil Abloh is King of the Collab, and Likes It That Way," 29 Apr. 2019 The lucky ones made their way over to MoMA PS1 for the after-party, where Louis Vuitton muses like Emma Stone, Ruth Negga, and Jennifer Connelly toasted the cruise collection. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "Emma Stone, Ruth Negga, and Jennifer Connelly Pulled an All-Nighter at the Louis Vuitton Cruise After-Party," 9 May 2019 Stir well until fully combined, then refrigerate or serve at once with pretzel rods, toasted baguettes cheese or crackers. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 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 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 Slices of colorful watermelon radishes, along with crispy puffed wild rice and toasted pumpkin seeds finish the dish. Sarah Fritsche,, "5 showstopping salads for the 4th of July," 3 July 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 What to order at Panera Bread Strawberry Poppyseed Salad with Chicken This salad consists of a base of greens topped with chicken (raised without antibiotics), fresh strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mandarin oranges, and toasted pecan pieces., "The 4 Healthiest Menu Items at Panera Bread (Plus 3 Things to Avoid)," 13 July 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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