from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dark molasses cake flavored with ginger.
- n. A soft molasses and ginger cookie cut in various shapes, sometimes elaborately decorated.
- n. Elaborate ornamentation.
- n. Superfluous or tasteless embellishment, especially in architecture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of cake whose main flavouring is ginger and that is typically cut into human-shaped pieces called gingerbread men or built into house-shaped cakes called gingerbread houses.
- n. A flamboyant Victorian-era architectural style.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of plain sweet cake seasoned with ginger, and sometimes made in fanciful shapes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of sweet cake flavored with ginger, it is often made in fanciful shapes.
- Having a fanciful shape, such as is often given to gingerbread; showy but unsubstantial or inartistic: (see gingerbread-work); as, gingerbread fittings on a yacht.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. cake flavored with ginger
Middle English gingebred, a stiff pudding, preserved ginger, alteration (influenced by bred, bread, bread) of Old French gingembrat, from Medieval Latin *gingibrātum, from gingiber, ginger; see ginger.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French gingembras, gingimbrat, preserved ginger, from medieval Latin *gingi(m)br?t-um, (ginger that perhaps had a pharmaceutical use for some medicinal preparation), from medieval Latin gingiber, ginger. The third syllable was early confounded with bread, and the insertion of an r in the second syllable completed the semblance of a compound word. (Wiktionary)