top·​ping | \ˈtä-piŋ \

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

The rice pudding, which comes with a suite of toppings, is very good as well. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 Learn how to make the dough and sauce, and to find the right balance of different toppings every time. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Best Cooking and Baking Classes in New York City," 18 Oct. 2018 Corn relish makes for a prime topping, and this is the time of year to do it. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "Quick and easy garnishes to glam up your plain, boring food," 4 Sep. 2018 The restaurant’s flat bread, grilled over hot embers, proves the perfect vehicle for a topping of hummus, cucumber, feta and micro-arugula from its green houses. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "What to put on toast when you're done with avocados," 18 Apr. 2018 Sample the chef’s tasting of 11 rotating crudos, from beautiful razor clams with chili and mint to striped jack with a horseradish-caviar-chive topping. Bon Appetit, "Bar Mezzana," 19 Mar. 2018 Use it as a topping to add crunch to yogurt, fruit or even pancakes. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Is granola healthy?," 8 Mar. 2018 Their colorful bowls start with a base of acai or pitaya (dragon fruit) and are topped with a variety of fruits and toppings such as granola, Nutella, peanut butter, or bee pollen. Julia Sayers,, "Where to get the city's healthiest, tastiest bowl meals," 16 Jan. 2018 Cranberry-Cinnamon Cheesecake No guest will be able to resist this combination of the smooth and creamy filling with a tart and tangy topping. Fox News, "11 creative Christmas desserts," 22 Dec. 2016

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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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