American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small piece of toast or bread soaked in gravy or other liquid or used as a garnish.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A little sip or sup.
- n. Anything soaked or dipped in a liquid before being eaten; a sop; especially, in the plural, bread cut into small pieces and served in milk or broth. In modern cookery the term is applied to small pieces of toasted or fried bread served with soup or with minced meat.
- n. A fragment; a bit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small sop; a small, thin piece of toasted bread soaked in milk, broth, or the like; a small piece of toasted or fried bread cut into some special shape and used for garnishing.
- First attested in the 16th Century, as a diminutive of sop. (Wiktionary)
- From sip, alteration of sop. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Here he swallowed his buttered sippet very gracefully.”
“Finally he finished his last sippet of bread steeped in soup, pushed aside his plate, helped himself to a plum, and looked around him.”
“And the King flung a sippet of toast after him as he added: 'I am hedged in with robbers.”
“TUESDAY (dinner) Pea soup, with toast bread, (sippet).”
“At this Jeanne ventured to begin; but her frame was so enfeebled that with the second sippet of bread she declared herself wearied.”
“He, with his round, dumpy figure, leaned over the basin, devouring a sippet with each mouthful of broth.”
“When quite crisp, dip one side of the sippet into the beaten white of an egg mixed with a little flour, and place it on the edge of the dish.”
“The only time that woman is happy is when she comes in of a morning to the little boys 'dormitories with a cup of hot Epsom salts, and a sippet of bread.”
“a little salt, and sugar, pour it on the fish, sippet it, and serve it hot.”
“Whilst we were talking," Mr. Lambert resumed, "my sister Theodosia made her appearance, I must say very much agitated and pale, kissed our father, and sate down at his side, and took a sippet of toast -- (my dear”
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