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

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

His students later add the right toppings and bake their pies in an oven from Italy certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, the organization dedicated to protecting and promoting true Neapolitan pies. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Chefs on a mission to make Lisle 'the mecca of the pizza world' with new academy," 23 June 2018 All of the sandwiches are served on buns that are a cross between a Portuguese roll and a brioche, toasted with a good amount of European-style butter, sturdy enough to stand up to all those toppings, and made by La Brea Bakery. Jenn Harris,, "Four great L.A. fried chicken restaurants to try now," 2 May 2018 Make a few bowls with just the avocado base so your guests can add in their own protein, toppings and dressings. Lauren Delgado,, "Design an avocado bar for your next party," 26 Apr. 2018 The Charles Street restaurant will also add fries to the menu, including kimchi fries and an option that allows diners to add custom toppings to their fries. Sarah Meehan,, "Red Boat Viet Fusion Restaurant to expand with new locations including Mount Vernon," 23 Apr. 2018 Make ahead and all that’s left to do is ice some beers and set out all the toppings. Anna Stockwell, Bon Appetit, "Party Posole Rojo," 26 Mar. 2018 But while Flippy can sense the meat’s internal temperature and, yes, flip the patties, workers pick up a lot of slack: Humans still need to actually put the patties on the grill, take them off when they’re done and add toppings. Ben Meyerson, RedEye Chicago, "'Westworld' gets real, Kristen Wiig turns evil, and more conversation starters for your weekend," 16 Mar. 2018 All the toppings that can be added to mac and cheese can be added to the fries. Megan Becka,, "Cheese & Chong's to offer psychedelic mac and cheese in Akron," 20 Feb. 2018 Snappy Tomato: Customers can add toppings to a large pizza for 40 cents during February. Sarah Brookbank,, "🍕 Snag these National Pizza Day deals in Cincinnati 🍕," 9 Feb. 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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