\ 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

Look for avocado toast, housemade coconut chia pudding and breakfast sandwiches on Manresa brioche. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Verve Coffee Roasters opens cafe in Palo Alto tomorrow," 20 June 2019 Chinese shoppers buy the company’s drinks as gifts and for toasts at the family table. Daniela Wei, The Seattle Times, "Lunar New Year will show trade war’s effects in China economy," 4 Feb. 2019 The puree freezes well and makes an excellent cookie filling, sauce for ice cream or poached pears, or spread for toast. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Fresh Figs Right in Your Backyard," 15 Aug. 2018 Our favorite toaster for the best toast A toaster is essential in every household. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best deals on Amazon right now," 10 July 2018 Afterwards, guests joined Kelly, Mulligan, and others for light fare and drinks at nearby watering hole Carroll Place for a celebratory toast. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Carey Mulligan Owns the Stage at the Opening Night of Girls & Boys," 21 June 2018 Gather your wedding party for a sparkling-wine toast before an open-air service on the third floor’s 1,000-square-foot Spring Terrace and in the adjoining Hudson Room. David Walters, The Cut, "15 New Outdoor Wedding Reception Venues in New York City," 13 Apr. 2018 Consider easy-to-make Olive Crostini, a vegan version of a classic Oregonian recipe that broils in the oven, turning each toast point into molten goodness., "21 Oscar party appetizers and sweets worthy of the Red Carpet," 28 Feb. 2018 The range of dippers were what was unusual: buttered sourdough toast points, pickled apple slices, romanesco, carrots tossed in vinaigrette, radishes, radicchio and potato chips, all scattered around the ramekin of creamy fondue. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lazy Bear team ventures into unknown territory with True Laurel," 16 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Heat a 10- to 12-inch cast-iron pan over medium heat for 2 minutes, then toast the buns in the pan until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. CBS News, "The Dish: Luke Holden of Luke's Lobster shares his signature recipes," 6 July 2019 Applebee's restaurant chain is toasting the weekend with a deal on a refreshing cocktail. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Applebee's is offering 50-cent Dollaritas for one day only," 28 June 2019 Prabal’s friends, including fellow designer Victor Glemaud, toasted with Glenlivet whiskey drinks while model muses pranced with panache in sherbet pinks and purples. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "Prabal Gurung Celebrated New York Pride With a Gorgeous Garden Party in Brooklyn," 27 June 2019 Serve with toasted bread slices and a green salad or as a side dish. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Give local carrots a luxurious twist with creamy burrata cheese and herbs," 27 June 2019 To all of you who've read my work, reached out, toasted my check-ins and shared your stories with me, thank you. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "I wrote about beer for the Free Press. Here's what I learned.," 23 June 2019 Miley Cyrus just toasted her tenth anniversary with husband Liam Hemsworth while at the same time shutting down breakup rumors. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Trolls Breakup Rumors and Wished Liam Hemsworth a Happy Anniversary," 12 June 2019 Line toasted rolls with lettuce leaves and fill with lobster salad. Kate Merker And Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Classic Lobster Rolls," 22 May 2019 Gather for a farewell dinner to toast your adventures in the great American wilderness. National Geographic, "National Parks Family Journey: Yellowstone and Grand Teton," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hours after Carrie Lam, the territory’s chief executive, had toasted the putative success of 22 years of mainland rule, protesters laid bare for the world the reality of a deeply fractured, fractious Hong Kong. The Economist, "Protesters expose a fractured Hong Kong, but China’s grip only tightens," 5 July 2019 Garnish with a spoonful of green harissa and serve with toasted bread. National Geographic, "Ras el Hanout Spice Braised Beef Short Rib," 2 July 2019 Meanwhile, split and toast the buns until lightly golden. Simran Singh, The Mercury News, "Quick Cook: Sensational Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches," 29 June 2019 This week, folks, let’s toast to the flavors fresh grapes can bring to the dinner table and leave the wine in the wine glasses. Paul Stephen,, "How to celebrate the savory side of grapes and cook with them," 26 June 2019 Stir in the toasted sunflower seeds just before serving. Ellie Krieger, Twin Cities, "Lighter and brighter, this broccoli salad delivers on flavor," 20 June 2019 Aged gouda, browned butter and toasted sunflower seeds complement the nutty flavor. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "A Risotto Recipe That Never Fails," 17 May 2019 Other flavors include Moringa Mint (dairy free made with avocado, coconut, lime and rolled in pistachio) and Papaya Orange ice cream (vegan and gluten free made with ginger and pumpkin rolled in toasted sesame seeds). Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "New frozen treats enter the Houston market," 5 June 2018 Frida Kale - Rice, black bean and spicy tomato sauce, sweet potato, kale, lemon honey dressing, cherry tomatoes, scallions, corn nuts, toasted pumpkin seeds and cranberries. Debbi Snook,, "Chef Jose Andres' concept headlines new Cleveland Clinic food court (photos)," 10 May 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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