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

The Times reported that on occasion for breakfast, prisoners were served a slice of toast, a partial egg, and a few spoonfuls of grits, while the sheriff pocketed more than $200,000. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "Alabama Sheriffs Might Not Be Able to Pocket Leftover Prisoner Food Funding Anymore," 12 July 2018 Zinc Bistro Tempting starters include pork belly with vegetable ratatouille ($16); and Creekstone steak tartare served with Noble anchovy toast ($18). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "French restaurants in Phoenix to celebrate Bastille Day," 9 July 2018 Rosenthal’s order: shrimp toast (on the specials menu), fried chicken and rice (also on the specials menu), pickle plate, kimchi fried rice, noorook and celeriac pasta. Jenn Harris, latimes.com, "Phil Rosenthal's L.A. food crawl: Six spots to try," 29 June 2018 Toast | Washington Square West The bruncherie at 12th and Spruce Streets is toast. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Your dining guide to the new A.C. casinos | Let's Eat," 27 June 2018 Go on an avo-crawl through the stands to try tostadas, salads, sandwiches, smoothies–and yes, toasts–featuring the California icon. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Things to Do This Week in L.A.," 18 June 2018 Here are few ideas: Serve on crostini (little toasts) or grilled rustic bread on its own or topped with fresh herbs (like basil), a drizzling of olive oil and sprinkling of freshly ground black and coarse sea salt. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "You just might fall in love with creamy burrata cheese this summer," 17 June 2018 These sheets come in six colors: white, fog, toast, blush, coal, and indigo. Jacqueline Wladis, Allure, "I Tried Parachute's Linen Sheets and They Totally Transformed My Sleep," 14 June 2018 There are also sandwiches, cheeseburgers, soups, gourmet salads and the requisite avocado toast (on bread from Zak the Baker). Connie Ogle, miamiherald, "What happened to Bookstore in the Grove?," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Friends and family made speeches toasting the couple — Jenner’s mom Linda read a poem — before the party really started. Aili Nahas, PEOPLE.com, "Inside Brody Jenner's 'Dreamy' Wedding to Kaitlynn Carter: Fireworks & 4 a.m. Dancing!," 6 June 2018 Bake in preheated oven until nicely toasted, about 12 minutes. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to bring? These side dishes are always welcome at a summer picnic," 29 June 2018 When ready to eat, top each serving with 1 tablespoon toasted pecans. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "5 recipes to cool things down on hot days," 27 June 2018 Sit in the open-air, family-friendly courtyard sipping a café con leche (1.30 euros) while the woman behind the bar prepares toasted brown bread with ham and havarti cheese (1.20 euros) or a bowl of yogurt and fruit (2.20 euros). New York Times, "36 Hours in Seville," 14 June 2018 Addictive cassava flatbreads are toasted on the outside and soft on the inside. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Where to eat on the beach in the Caribbean," 8 June 2018 In the United Kingdom, the newlyweds were toasted with pints of Harry & Meghan’s Windsor Knot (4 percent alcohol by volume), an ale with British and American hops. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Is the world still coming to the San Diego International Beer Festival?," 24 May 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 Grind toasted seeds in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Jonah Miller, WSJ, "Throw a Summer Party the Effortless Spanish Way," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Locals have abandoned their usual social restraint to approach foreign fans with broad smiles, with offers of help and local gastronomic tips, asking for selfies or to toast the latest goal. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "How Russia Gave Itself a Facelift for the World Cup," 4 July 2018 Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg An attendee operates a Boring Co. flamethrower to toast a marshmallow during the company's Not-a-Flamethrower Party outside SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on June 9. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg’s Week in Pictures," 14 June 2018 Republicans and Democrats weren't quite ready to toast the first meeting of a U.S. president with a North Korean leader. Laurie Kellman And Lisa Mascaro, Fox News, "Lawmakers looking at what comes next after Trump-Kim summit," 12 June 2018 At the bar, there’s lowbrow PBR, middle-brow craft beers and high-minded drinks like the Cured cocktail with lemon thyme moonshine to toast the owner’s victory over cancer and the drive that’s lifted him to several James Beard Award nominations. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s Top 9 restaurants," 4 June 2018 The night before the big day, the whole cast got together at Barn restaurant in Sunningdale, England, to toast Markle. Kate Storey, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Suits Cast Is Having Dinner Together Before the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 The craft beer — the perfect way to toast the happy couple — is available for £3 ($4) a can. Kate Samuelson, Time, "20 of the Tastiest, Fanciest and Most Bizarre Royal Wedding Souvenirs," 14 May 2018 One woman tried, with increasing alarm, to toast, rather than set furiously ablaze, a resistant marshmallow. Elizabeth Barber, The New Yorker, "An Ad-Hoc Campfire for City Tipplers," 3 May 2018 Bartenders will also be slinging specialty cocktails to toast Mom. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dada’s homemade ravioli is a labor of love," 27 Apr. 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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