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
Why not make a gingerbread man from... um..gingerbread?
This would be a pinnacle year for us in gingerbread house construction.
You know, the ones where witches lived in gingerbread houses and tried to fatten Bavarian children up before eating them.
Indeed, although Chick laughed at the bear, the gingerbread man grew quite nervous as the big beast advanced and sniffed at him curiously -- almost as if it realized John was made of gingerbread and that gingerbread is good to eat.
The characters of the story are a young married couple, Della and James Dillingham Young, and you can see them portrayed above in gingerbread dough and white icing.
The competition was meant to promote thinking on sustainability (rather than pit the best architects and designers in gingerbread land against each other), so the submissions were judged primarily on the clever incorporation of sustainable design elements with a sprinkling of visionary confection.
Construction gingerbread is a bit different from the gingerbread you might bake for a holiday dessert because it needs to be a bit sturdier than your average cookie to support the weight of the rest of the building and all the decorations.
HT, the combination of pancake and gingerbread is too good.
Victorian houses are sometimes called gingerbread houses for their elaborate porch and gable ornamentation.
"When I hear the word gingerbread, I'm already reaching for my napkin."