from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A staple food made from flour or meal mixed with other dry and liquid ingredients, usually combined with a leavening agent, and kneaded, shaped into loaves, and baked.
  • n. Food in general, regarded as necessary for sustaining life: "If bread is the first necessity of life, recreation is a close second” ( Edward Bellamy).
  • n. Something that nourishes; sustenance: "My bread shall be the anguish of my mind” ( Edmund Spenser).
  • n. Means of support; livelihood: earn one's bread.
  • n. Slang Money.
  • transitive v. To coat with bread crumbs, as before cooking: breaded the fish fillets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A foodstuff made by baking dough made from cereals
  • n. Any variety of bread
  • n. money
  • v. to coat with breadcrumbs

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An article of food made from flour or meal by moistening, kneading, and baking.
  • n. Food; sustenance; support of life, in general.
  • transitive v. To spread.
  • transitive v. To cover with bread crumbs, preparatory to cooking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In Cookery, to prepare with grated bread; cover with white of eggs and bread-crumbs.
  • To make broad; spread.
  • In net-making, to form in meshes: net. Also breathe, brede.
  • To clean by rubbing with dry bread or with a bread-crust, as a drawing.
  • To provide with daily bread.
  • n. A kind of food made of the flour or meal of some species of grain, by kneading it (with the addition of a little salt, and sometimes sugar) into a dough, yeast being commonly added to cause fermentation or “lightness,” and then baking it.
  • n. Figuratively, food or sustenance in general.
  • n. (b In New England, wheaten or rye bread containing an admixture of Indian meal: a variety of it is called specifically Boston brown bread.
  • n. Breadth. Also brede.
  • n. A piece of embroidery; a braid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. informal terms for money
  • n. food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked
  • v. cover with bread crumbs


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English brēad; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots. N., sense 3b, possibly from Cockney rhyming slang bread and honey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English bred, breed, from Old English brēad ("fragment, bit, morsel, crumb", also "bread"), from Proto-Germanic *braudan (“cooked food, leavened bread”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerw-, *bʰrew- ("to boil, seethe"; see brew). An alternative etymology derives bread from Proto-Germanic *braudaz, *brauþaz (“broken piece, fragment”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰera- (“to split, beat, hew, struggle”) (see brittle). Perhaps a conflation of the two. Cognate with Scots breid ("bread"), Saterland Frisian Brad ("bread"), West Frisian brea ("bread"), Dutch brood ("bread"), German Brot ("bread"), Danish brød ("bread"), Swedish bröd ("bread"), Icelandic brauð ("bread"). Indoeuropean cognates include Albanian brydh ("I make crumbly, friable, soft").



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