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Definition of topping

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that forms a top especially : a garnish (such as a sauce, bread crumbs, or whipped cream) placed on top of a food for flavor or decoration
2 : the action of one that tops
3 : something removed by topping



Definition of topping (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : highest in rank or eminence
2 New England : proud, arrogant
3 chiefly British : excellent

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Examples of topping in a Sentence


What toppings do you want on the pizza? an ice-cream sundae with whipped-cream topping


I know a topping new pub in Southwark where we won't run into any toffs.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Create a made-to-order dish, complete with the pasta, sauce, and toppings of your choice. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "20 Restaurants That Will Stay Open on Easter Sunday," 12 Mar. 2019 Grind those, too, for an easy press-in pie or tart crust or an ice-cream topping. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "Meet your favorite kitchen helper: The food processor," 23 Oct. 2018 Customers build their own burger, choosing protein, bun, cheese and toppings along with fries and bowls. Daily Pilot Staff,, "Biz News: Burger Boss to open location in Newport Beach," 14 Apr. 2018 This Gilbert brewery slings a mean burger that nails the basics, providing a great foundation for creative toppings like slices of creamy Brie with wedges of gently spiced, stewed apple. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "25 best burgers in Phoenix: If you've got a hamburger craving, here's where to go," 23 May 2018 Reviewer Matt Lynch, Thrillist's deputy editor, points to the restaurant's unique options for burger toppings, like grated beetroot with chia seeds as being a great complement to BurgerFuel's beef. Nate Chute, Indianapolis Star, "2 Indiana burger joints named 'best in America' by Thrillist," 6 Apr. 2018 The build-your-own pizzas are $14 for red sauce with mozzarella and $15 for white with ricotta, mozzarella and Parmigiano, with an additional charge for optional toppings. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Tupelo Honey pizza? Yes, at this new spot from longtime restaurant owners | Charlotte Observer," 28 Feb. 2018 The Bailey Cove location's menu also includes stuffed Chicago-style, starting at $16.95 for up to three toppings. Matt Wake,, "12 years later, a beloved Alabama pizzeria is finally open again," 20 Feb. 2018 Inventive fans routinely load up their dollar dogs with onion ring bites, chipotle sauce, extra cheese and other toppings. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Fun facts about Dollar Hot Dog Night at Minute Maid Park," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of topping


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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English Language Learners Definition of topping

: a food that is added to the top of another food

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