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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

So Click split open a glazed doughnut, stuffed it with premium Wisconsin ice cream in classic and oddball flavors like espresso bourbon and added tear-worthy toppings like Cap'n Crunch and local apple pecan jam. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "You won't believe the doughnut ice cream sandwiches coming to Fountain Square," 6 June 2018 Then add toppings like boba, coconut jelly or pudding. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "New restaurants in Phoenix in March: 37 openings in a month may set a record," 2 Apr. 2018 The stand, which replaces the Bartolotta group's Northpoint Custard, has burgers, hot dogs, brats, wings, frozen custard and shakes, and items like hummus and chips and walking tacos, the snack that adds taco toppings to a bag of Doritos. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Dock at Bradford Beach opens Friday, joining MooSa's burgers and custard," 20 June 2019 Microwave using 20- to 30-second blasts until just barely warm, then add toppings and serve with sauce and any side. Andrea Nguyen,, "Banh cuon 101: Everything you need to know about Vietnamese rice sheets," 19 June 2019 Now Different cultures also use a variety toppings to put their own spin on their falafel sandwiches. Nadia Suleman, Time, "'The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Chickpeas.' Google Celebrates Falafel With a Doodle," 18 June 2019 Located on the south side of Dan Patch Avenue between Cooper and Cosgrove streets Strawberries ‘n Crème: Serving fresh strawberries with non-dairy whipped topping; and fresh-brewed iced tea with strawberry flavoring. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Minnesota State Fair’s new foods include grits, lamb chops, duck wings and lots on a stick," 18 June 2019 Although the Mississippi River has continually faced more and more flood control measures, various levee and dam failures and over-toppings have caused water to inundate a number of towns and cities in recent months. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "US just topped 125-year-old, 12-month rainfall total," 10 June 2019 The first season was just about eating relatively normal things, while season 2 went all in on random foods as ice cream toppings. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "YouTuber who eats disgusting food is everything good about the internet," 20 Nov. 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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