\ 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 DeShon Elliott: The toast of the Ravens defense for parts of offseason workouts, the 2018 sixth-round pick has started to rediscover the playmaking ability that made him a unanimous All-American at Texas. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens 2019 training camp preview: Safety," 23 July 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wine on the rocks The menu: Hike a trail that shows off Sedona’s iconic Cathedral Rock before toasting your adventure at a nearby winery. Scott Craven, azcentral, "5 Arizona outdoor adventures that end with a glass of wine in your hand," 8 Nov. 2019 The Sun Sentinel’s popular Facebook group Let’s Eat, South Florida! will toast its first year of foodie community-building with an open-to-the-public party at 3 Sons Brewing in Dania Beach 6-8 p.m. Sunday. Ben Crandell,, "Weekend preview: The Wharf Fort Lauderdale opening, ‘Whiskey on Beer,’ Father Christmas in Boca Raton," 7 Nov. 2019 These open-faced dumplings are stuffed with delicately seasoned ground pork and steamed, a topping of toasted garlic adding a subtle punch. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Thai restaurant excels with top-notch curries and fiery homemade hot sauce," 6 Nov. 2019 This year, Starbucks is selling five specialty holiday drinks: the peppermint mocha, toasted white chocolate mocha, caramel brulee latte, chestnut praline latte and eggnog latte, in addition to its Christmas coffee blend. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Starbucks' holiday cups will be back this week," 6 Nov. 2019 Creative pies, like toasted vanilla with mascarpone cream and a Nilla Wafer crust and caramelized peanut butter with an oatmeal cookie crust, are served by the slice or the whole pie. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Indian pub fare, pies and biscuits move into building on Snelling and St. Clair," 31 Oct. 2019 Their menu also boasts take-and-bake pizzas ($12), as well as apps like bruschetta ($7) and tzatziki with toast points ($7, Greek yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, lemon juice, kalamata olives, feta, toasted sourdough). Matt Wake |, al, "A tiny local pizza spot worth seeking out," 24 Oct. 2019 The winner gets custody of the Bell Trophy, which SOS understands is no relation to the Taco Bell trophy, or else it would be filled with toasted cheddar chalupas, which would be a trophy worth going to war to win. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school football: Son of Swami's picks for Week 7 games," 10 Oct. 2019 There are delicate orchids that do not like to be moved and restrict themselves to flashing their colors at passersby from their perch in the trees, like a glam wedding guest toasting the bride from a corner. Katy Kelleher, Longreads, "The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Orchids," 9 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Add paprika and stir until bread is toasted and golden, another 2 minutes or so. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Cold season is coming. Keep calm and garlic on.," 31 Oct. 2019 Place the peanuts onto a sheet pan and place in the oven until they are toasted and fragrant, about 4 minutes. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, "Bold and colorful, this shrimp sheet pan dinner is ready in 30 minutes," 31 Oct. 2019 Add the bread crumbs and cook, stirring often, until lightly toasted, one to one and a half minutes. Ben Mims,, "A pumpkin spice treat you won’t be embarrassed to love," 21 Oct. 2019 Add the bread crumbs and cook, stirring often, until lightly toasted, 1 to 1 ½ minutes. Los Angeles Times, "A pumpkin spice treat you won’t be embarrassed to love," 12 Oct. 2019 Grab a longneck beer and toast the Conger family’s successful transition from barbecue trailer to full-on restaurant. San Antonio Express-News, "Smoke Shack," 8 Mar. 2018 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

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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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