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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 Patrons order from a list of standard pizzas or pick and choose their toppings at a counter akin to the assembly line in a sandwich shop. al, "Mobile restaurant group opens area’s first Blaze Pizza," 20 May 2020 For the topping — and this is the best part — mix 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar with another teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl, breaking up the brown sugar with your fingers, then sprinkle the mixture on top of the cake. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "This Snickerdoodle in Poundcake Form Is Your Next Baking Project," 1 May 2020 While Stanley stands in line waiting patiently to select his toppings, he is joined by his boss, Michael Scott (Steve Carell). Rosy Cordero,, "What The Office and Stanley Hudson had right about Pretzel Day all along," 26 Apr. 2020 Press dough into the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown Remove from the oven, but leave the oven on at 350 degrees Spread the jam on the baked crust For the topping, beat egg whites and salt until stiff. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'You feel like everything's going to be all right': Baking provides comfort for these Milwaukee-area women," 21 Apr. 2020 Brown butter not only seasons the crumbs for the topping but enriches the sauce. Los Angeles Times, "Brown butter works magic on this easy mac and cheese," 21 Apr. 2020 The Portland teacher said that her batter was runny, and one of her toppings overflowed on the oven, requiring a last-minute substitution. oregonlive, "‘The Great American Baking Show’ names a winner: How did our Portland teacher do?," 3 Jan. 2020 The machine includes a hand crank that breaks up any toppings for custom homemade treats that taste gourmet. Christie Calucchia, Southern Living, "The Best Ice Cream Makers for Homemade Frozen Treats," 5 May 2020 These fluffy skillet pancakes are like supersize popovers, perfect for piling on tasty toppings like lemon curd and berries, or go savory with ham and cheese. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Dutch Babies," 30 Apr. 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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29 May 2020

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“Topping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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