tooth·​paste | \ ˈtüth-ˌpāst How to pronounce toothpaste (audio) \

Definition of toothpaste

: a paste for cleaning the teeth

Examples of toothpaste in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Dignity Totes are packed in reusable, branded zipper-top totes and filled with a month’s supply of sanitary pads and tampons, a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and deodorant., "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 31 Dec. 2020 When Castorena conducted a survey asking workers about their needs, the top answer was toothbrush and toothpaste, followed by a toy for their children. Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times, "Amid a crushing pandemic, this party van is a lifeline for California farmworkers," 21 Dec. 2020 Pet toothbrushes and toothpaste can be found in the dental section of most pet stores. Traci Howerton,, "If your dog has bad breath, it could be a sign that there's a bigger health problem," 10 Nov. 2020 Fernanda Cardenas, dressed as Wonder Woman, handed out bags filled with toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and activity sheets on how to brush teeth. Vincent T. Davis,, "District 4 hosts Halloween drive-through event for residents," 31 Oct. 2020 Complete with 28 flavorless strips, or 14 treatments, the company claims that this kit can whiten teeth 25 times better than toothpaste—and a 4.5-star rating from nearly 14,000 Amazon shoppers would seem to back the hype. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "You can get $10 off your next $30 Amazon order—find out how," 19 Dec. 2020 Coffee tastes like hand sanitizer to her; toothpaste tastes like chemicals. Pam Defiglio,, "Column: Months after COVID-19, young people worry whether they’ll be able to taste food ever again," 14 Dec. 2020 Correspondent Conor Knighton visits family farmers, and the processing company Labbeemint, whose extracts of peppermint, spearmint and other varieties are used in everything from candy and gum to toothpaste and mouthwash. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (November 22): The Food Issue," 19 Nov. 2020 Dulac was a manufacturer of soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, a subtle Japanese corporate-Zen-minimalist vibe going on. Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, Wired, "The Future of Work: ‘Work Ethics,’ by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne," 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of toothpaste

1832, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of toothpaste was in 1832

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11 Jan 2021

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“Toothpaste.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce toothpaste (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of toothpaste

: a substance that is used for cleaning teeth


tooth·​paste | \ ˈtüth-ˌpāst How to pronounce toothpaste (audio) \

Kids Definition of toothpaste

: a paste for cleaning the teeth


tooth·​paste | \ -ˌpāst How to pronounce toothpaste (audio) \

Medical Definition of toothpaste

: a paste for cleaning the teeth

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