\ 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 How else to explain how the St. Louis Blues went from stink on a stick to the toast of the Budweiser town in the span of a little over five months last season? Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: If Avs want to be legit Stanley Cup contenders, here’s one detail they must sweat every night of season," 12 Sep. 2019 Nordstrom employees and customers gathered for a final toast of sparkling cider by the escalators on Friday. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s Nordstrom closes its doors for the last time," 14 Sep. 2019 And Tadpole the clown poured the champagne for the first toast. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Couple says ‘I moo’ at joyful, rustic wedding in the midst of the OC Fair," 10 Aug. 2019 Fire & Spice also does sandwiches including a smoked bologna ($11.25) with spicy slaw, hot mustard, pimento cheese and housemade pickles on Texas toast, with two sides. Matt Wake |, al, "A Huntsville taco that puts The South in your mouth," 16 Sep. 2019 Try sprinkling some over a casserole, mac and cheese, or on avocado toast., "A nutty idea: Nut crumbs instead of breadcrumbs," 31 July 2019 As part of her maid of honor duties, Gomez also gave a toast to the bride and her new husband, Jay Cosme. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Selena Gomez Was a Gorgeous Maid of Honor at Her Cousin's Wedding," 20 July 2019 Even with grilled onions and mushrooms, a patty melt on thick toast with Swiss cheese ($14 with a side) chewed like sawdust. Mike Sutter,, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Blue Star Brewing Co.," 5 July 2019 Add this modern take on avocado toast to your brunch menu. Chrissy Teigen, Good Housekeeping, "Avocado with Toasty Crumbs," 14 Jan. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Meanwhile, in a dry skillet over medium-low heat, toast the chile powder and cumin, stirring constantly, for 1 minute or until aromatic; cool. Lisa Yockelson,, "Recipe: For a spicy twist on egg salad sandwiches, add chipotle, paprika, and lime to the mayo," 19 Aug. 2019 His pizzas are crunchy, with mozzarella cheese toasted orange and gold in the style of an Impressionist’s painting of an autumn day. Jason Diamond, Bon Appétit, "Chicago’s Real Signature Pizza Is Crispy, Crunchy, and Nothing Like Deep Dish," 22 July 2019 In a small skillet over medium low-heat, toast the pecans until darkened. Caron Golden,, "Inspiring tomorrow’s home cooks," 12 Mar. 2018 Spread it over toasted sweet potato slices, or swirl it into smoothies, oatmeal, even hummus. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "5 Trader Joe's New Products to Try This Fall," 17 Sep. 2019 Try the Caribbean bowl (black rice, panelle, plantains, avocado, kale, toasted coconut and a cashew/curry/coconut sauce). Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "12 vegan and vegetarian restaurants you need to check out," 6 Sep. 2019 If using fresh bread, make sure to dry it out by toasting first. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "How to turn old bread into a fresh and amazing meal," 5 Sep. 2019 When ready to use, toast them on a cookie sheet in a 350 F oven for 10 minutes, or microwave in a bowl for 1 1/2. minutes. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: The art of falling," 29 Aug. 2019 Put the buns, cut side down on the grill to toast them lightly, 30 to 60 seconds. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "Chipotle-flavored onions amplify anything they touch, from burgers to shrimp tostadas," 27 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Place burgers on toasted bottom buns and top with fried egg (optional) and a few scoops of kimchi. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "These Juicy Burger Recipes Put New Spins On A Classic Dish," 23 Aug. 2019 The creamy sauce is simply a mixture of mild miso, toasted sesame oil, lightly brown sugar, grated garlic, and neutral oil. Jesse Sparks, Bon Appétit, "I'm Defffinitely Not Chill, But These Cold Miso Noodles Are," 23 Aug. 2019 Lemon Meringue Pie Ale: Blonde ale with notes of citrus, this take on a classic dessert features toasted malts that give way to a hint of pie crust. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Minnesota State Fair announces new beers, drinks for this year," 29 July 2019 Another scene finds them in the executive offices during a meeting on (of course) aluminum alloy density, toasting with champagne and smoking a joint. Randall Roberts,, "California Sounds: Mega Bog's curious folk rock, an SFV Acid trip and Automatic's dance punk," 10 July 2019 The Beans: Loyalty Savory and sweet, zapped with tart pomelo, toasted almonds and smoky caramel. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Vietnamese Coffee: So Hot Right Now," 20 June 2019 To toast that memorable moment, here's a look at eight other particularly controversial celebrations from down the years., "8 of the Most Controversial Celebrations in Football History," 12 Sep. 2019 Outlander fans will soon have something new to toast. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Actor Sam Heughan Is Launching a Whisky Brand," 17 Aug. 2019 In May, more than 200 people gathered at a glittering reception to toast United Airlines’ launch of nonstop service between Dulles International and Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airports. Washington Post, "After years-long slump, Dulles International Airport bounces back," 17 Aug. 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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\ 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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