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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 The temperature essentially will be static all day, with the high topping out in the low 40s. oregonlive, "Portland metro Friday weather: Rain and gusts, high in low 40s on Christmas Day," 25 Dec. 2020 The final result is a pizza with a juicy and slightly slippery topping that is supported by the thick cushion of pliant crust. Tara Duggan,, "Mapo tofu on pizza? How a new S.F. restaurant makes Detroit-style pies with the classic Sichuan dish," 14 Dec. 2020 To-go meals ($72 for four people) include all items from the dine-in Thanksgiving plate, plus cauliflower gratin with herbed panko topping. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "40-plus North Texas restaurants offering Thanksgiving dishes and desserts to-go," 12 Nov. 2020 For example, his meatball recipe is repurposed into a pho bowl, a French bread pizza topping, a banh mi sandwich and a Greek salad ingredient. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New openings, closures and a cookbook on San Diego’s restaurant scene," 24 Nov. 2020 Let the packets sit four minutes, then carefully open and add the topping., "Recipe: Mix and Match Seafood Packets," 20 Nov. 2020 Beyond says customers will be served its rendition as a ramen topping, and in dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs, spicy bolognaise, and biscuits and gravy. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Beyond Meat launches plant-based minced pork in China," 18 Nov. 2020 Reserve about 3/4 cup cheese mixture for the topping. Washington Post, "Patti LaBelle’s macaroni and cheese recipe will take you over the rainbow," 13 Nov. 2020 For the potato topping, boil the potatoes in a pan of salted water for 15–20 minutes or until soft in the center and then drain. Richard Vines,, "Humble Pie Gets Spicy Makeover With British-Indian Recipe," 26 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Some of the dishes on the menu include: House nachos with various topping options (starts at $12). Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "The team behind Ocotillo opened a Mexican restaurant in Phoenix. Here's what to expect," 20 Oct. 2020 Thankfully, the playful topping choices focus most on enjoyment. Nick Kindelsperger,, "The 25 best pizzas in Chicago — from scrappy newcomers to beloved classics," 7 Oct. 2020 Although spinach tends to be the bed for the topping, green beans sometimes provide a surface. Charlotte Druckman, WSJ, "A Reassuring Approach to Cooking, Three Ingredients at a Time," 28 Sep. 2020 Zero Below has a load of topping options as well as curated favorites. cleveland, "Northeast Ohio’s best ice cream stands in seven counties: Yelp/ rankings," 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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The first known use of topping was in the 14th century

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14 Jan 2021

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“Topping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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