\ 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 [toast entry 3] : 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

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 Colorado College’s graduating class fast-tracked their end-of-year bash, with students gathering for a toast at the school flagpole. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Less pomp, given circumstance: Students grapple with virtual graduations," 21 May 2020 The next day, everyone gathers in Avis's office for a champagne toast. Jean Bentley,, "Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood Limited Series Binge Club: Episodes 1-7," 4 May 2020 Thoughtful design choices set this toaster apart, from its extra-wide bread slots to its guides that automatically adjust to every thickness of toast. Popular Science, "Toasters that will deliver golden brown perfection," 10 Apr. 2020 The early-evening ceremony includes a pipe performance, an Irish blessing, and the announcement of 2020’s parade marshal, who then leads the crowd to Brennan’s Irish Pub for the toast with $5 Guinness pints and Tullamore Dew shots. al, "10 events to attend in Birmingham this March," 6 Mar. 2020 Tuesday New Year’s Eve Party FAIRFIELD BAY — Bogie’s Mountain Ranch, 820 Lost Creek Parkway, will have a New Year’s Eve party, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include finger foods and Champagne for a midnight toast. Arkansas Online, "COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA," 31 Dec. 2019 Such a move could block shipments and devastate the industry that supplies U.S. consumers hungry for guacamole and avocado toast. Mark Stevenson,, "Avocados – ‘green gold’ for Mexico farmers – bring both riches and violence to country," 23 Oct. 2019 And for a pre-excursion avocado toast and matcha latte, the best spot is Local Juicery. Vogue, "Reese Witherspoon Chose This Arizona Town for an Outdoorsy Girls Trip," 11 Oct. 2018 Set up time to make introductions in case people don't know each other, prepare toasts and hire entertainment to maximize timing. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Can't travel for your bachelor or bachelorette party due to coronavirus? How to celebrate at home," 4 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Use the upper warming rack for toasting hamburger buns. Popular Science, "Outdoor grills for cooking everything under the sun," 28 Apr. 2020 Aged for months in alpine caves, its fragrance evokes toasted hazelnuts and brown butter. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Products to Help You Master French Cooking During the Quarantine," 15 Apr. 2020 Break out the s’mores ingredients by a fire pit (or grill) Cap off a relaxing weekend with your household by toasting marshmallows around your backyard fire pit. Lindsey Vickers, USA TODAY, "28 reasons to still be excited that it's spring," 3 Apr. 2020 Thirteen-year-old Finn likes cucumber salad with toasted sesame oil and fish sauce. Mike Sutter,, "Guerrilla Gourmet founder James Canter weathers San Antonio coronavirus crisis with his family of 5, a pan full of tuna melts and a big heart," 26 Mar. 2020 The sound after each wave was like the clinking of toasting glasses. Daniel Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Late winter is peak season to visit Door County for smaller crowds and shorter waits," 21 Feb. 2020 Starters of beetroot tartare with cherry vinegar, beetroot leaves & toasted pistachios; and salad of burrata, dressed spring vegetables & fennel pollen both win approval. Richard Vines,, "Top Chef Gives His Verdict on Michelin-Star Restaurant’s Home Delivery," 7 May 2020 MobCraft Digitally toast on Cinco De Mayo with MobCraft and a beer-ga-rita after purchasing a Cinco de Mayo kit from the Walker's Point brewery. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with tacos and tequila at home from these local restaurants," 4 May 2020 Julia and Brandon toast to their romance in iconic West Hollywood venue The Roxy while working on their music. Ariana Romero,, "Listen To Your Heart," 1 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The axe has a 3 1⁄3-pound head and a 26.5-inch hickory handle, which is toasted with a blowtorch to make the wood harder and give it an antiqued appearance. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The Best Axes Ever," 12 May 2020 Skip the couscous and serve over rice or toast some pita bread for everyone to build their own sandwiches. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Moroccan Meatballs," 28 Apr. 2020 Her omelet is served cold on toasted Wonder bread with hot Chinese mustard and Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise. Jamie Feldmar, WSJ, "A Most Excellent Egg Sandwich: Where to Find It, How to Make It," 17 Jan. 2020 Sprinkle dried out slices with a bit of water before toasting them, or saturate bigger hunks before reheating in the oven, which will bring them back to life. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appétit, "How To Cook With What You Have," 2 Apr. 2020 Then add the spices, and toast them in the fat until fragrant. Cosmo Genova, Field & Stream, "How to Cook Wild Game Pho with Venison Steak," 21 Feb. 2020 He was toasted by Mike Evans, who finished with nine catches for 190 yards and three touchdowns. San Diego Union-Tribune, "While Jones was great, Giants need a lot more from defense," 23 Sep. 2019 Cut into 16 squares and sprinkle with toasted coconut, if desired. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "5 Recipes You Need To Make This Weekend Before Summer Ends," 20 Sep. 2019 Transfer the ground toasted spices to a medium bowl and whisk in the brown sugar, paprika, granulated garlic, dry mustard powder, ancho chile powder, salt, and black pepper. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019

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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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The first known use of toast was in the 14th century

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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Toast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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