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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

While rolling out dough, the duchess and her young guests discussed their favorite pizza toppings. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Child Asked Kate Middleton If The Queen Eats Pizza and Her Reaction Was Perfect," 15 Jan. 2019 This entire recipe can be made up to a day in advance, right down to the toppings: Just pipe out little dollops of whipped cream onto a piece of parchment paper and freeze them. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make a Crowd-Pleasing Pumpkin Slab Pie," 19 Oct. 2018 The next day, make the topping: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Hot and Hearty Pie Recipes to Kick Off Autumn in Your Kitchen," 21 Sep. 2018 In addition to fine ice cream and toppings, the event offers live music, sports and games for youngsters, pizza, and a dunk tank manned by Walpole’s Finest., "Zoo animals, an outdoor festival, and ice cream help kick off summer," 15 June 2018 The menu also branches into flourishes like the Joey Dog, with sloppy-joe-style topping, or the Nacho Dog with nacho cheese, bacon bits and jalapenos. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Sacramento is taking its hot-dog game to the next level | The Sacramento Bee," 18 May 2018 Ramen comes as classic or spicy tonkotsu, miso or vegetarian miso - or build a bowl of your own with a choice of protein, toppings, broth and add-ons. Nikki Delamotte,, "Lucky's Market opens second store in Ohio at Cleveland's Shoppes on Clifton (photos)," 15 May 2018 Bake until pears are tender and topping is golden brown, 1 to 1 1/2 hour, making sure to cover with foil if topping or crust begins to get too dark. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Harvest Pear-Blackberry Pie," 23 Oct. 2018 Fractured Prune — much like other custom doughnutteries out there such as Duck Donuts and The Dapper Doughnut — specializes in hot cake doughnuts made with choice of glazes and toppings. Michael Klein,, "Doughnut shop Fractured Prune opens near West Chester," 4 June 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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