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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

Examples of topping in a Sentence

Noun What toppings do you want on the pizza? an ice-cream sundae with whipped-cream topping Adjective 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 My favorite application has been drizzling it over vanilla ice cream as a sundae topping. Antara Sinha, Bon Appétit, 7 Jan. 2022 Simply fill the ball with sugar, cinnamon, cocoa powder, or other spices, and shake it over top of your dish to evenly disperse the topping., 26 Dec. 2021 Having multiple flavors and brands of the same type of sauce or topping can cause a condiment pile-up. Kaylei Fear, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Dec. 2021 Hulbert bakes several huge batches come the holiday season, some of which gets pulverized to serve as topping or crust. Amy Drew Thompson,, 8 Dec. 2021 The brownie was rich and chewy and had a great texture, but was definitely out-shown by the topping. cleveland, 8 Dec. 2021 Gorgeously burnished wedges of roasted cabbage are piled with a saucy chickpea and tomato topping livened up with garlic, ginger and curry powder. Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2021 But it’s so versatile, it also can be used as a dessert topping. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Nov. 2021 But once the knife slices through that sweet topping, the real deal is revealed. oregonlive, 18 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The firm expects that growth rate to continue as landlords compete fiercely in markets where vacancy rates are nearing or topping record levels. Peter Grant, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2021 Keep in mind that not every boba shop is the same — the number of drink/topping options at each place varies, but most will have options at least similar to these. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 14 July 2021 Even in 2020, following the scandal caused by the Leaving Neverland documentary, Jackson’s estate kept earning, generating $48 million and topping, once again, the Forbes posthumous rich list. Eamonn Forde, Forbes, 4 May 2021 Some of the dishes on the menu include: House nachos with various topping options (starts at $12). Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 20 Oct. 2020 Thankfully, the playful topping choices focus most on enjoyment. Nick Kindelsperger,, 7 Oct. 2020 Although spinach tends to be the bed for the topping, green beans sometimes provide a surface. Charlotte Druckman, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2020 Zero Below has a load of topping options as well as curated favorites. cleveland, 19 Aug. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2022

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“Topping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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