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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

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 Each night the family lights another candle, eats more latkes (made with various ingredients and toppings), and the grandmother and girl each open a gift. Washington Post, "10 great holiday-season books to enjoy with your little ones," 2 Dec. 2019 Rocket’s uses mostly well-done quarter-pound patties on puffy sourdough buns as the standard template to the 13-burger menu, but everything else varies between the condiments and toppings. Chuck Blount,, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Rocket’s Feed in Schertz," 29 Nov. 2019 Potatoes are essentially a blank canvas so play them up with extra virgin olive oil, herbs and other healthful seasonings and toppings. NBC News, "5 seemingly unhealthy foods that are actually good for you," 26 Nov. 2019 Peanut butter pie Mama P's Bakery & Cafe, 3990 Georgetown Road, 317-290-8090, Give Mama P's at least two days of notice for the west-side bakery's version of peanut butter pie, done Southern-style with meringue topping. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "A dozen of the best Thanksgiving pies you can buy around Indianapolis," 18 Nov. 2019 Caramel Brulee Latte Another selection that can’t be made dairy-free, a tall standard Caramel Brulee Latte is made with 2% milk, a shot of espresso, caramel brulee sauce, whipped cream, and caramel brulee topping. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "Starbucks Holiday Drinks: Which Is the Healthiest?," 13 Nov. 2019 Poke Man added poké to Blue Back Square’s diverse dining landscape last fall, offering a wide selection of proteins and toppings for a base of rice or lettuce, or a sushi burrito construction. Leeanne Griffin,, "10 places to find delicious, Instagrammable poké bowls in Connecticut," 12 Nov. 2019 Mix and match spare glasses to spread optional toppings down the table. Sara Rodrigues And Robert Rufino, House Beautiful, "3 Instagram-Worthy Table Settings That Are So Perfect for the Holidays," 8 Nov. 2019 This bumps heads with an excellent rethinking of chilaquiles roja, an egg dish served on a flat corn crisp with cotija, corn salsa and scallion cream, among compelling savory toppings. Christopher Smith, Orange County Register, "Getting grand at San Diego’s U.S. Grant," 31 Oct. 2019

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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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12 Dec 2019

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“Topping.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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