- the first meal of the day; morning meal: A hearty breakfast was served at 7 a.m.
- the food eaten at the first meal of the day: a breakfast of bacon and eggs.
- to eat breakfast: He breakfasted on bacon and eggs.
- to supply with breakfast: We breakfasted the author in the finest restaurant.
Origin of breakfast
Examples from the Web for breakfast
There were stomachs, taut and flat, but also undulating bellies, soft and bloated from the breakfast buffet.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
For Paul, the thrill of breakfast with the Reverend, may be giving way to the taste of burnt toast.GOP Won’t Forgive Rand for Cop Critique
December 23, 2014
But I live near really smart, thoughtful people who take writing very seriously, and I can meet them for breakfast and talk books.The Veteran Who Took Home the National Book Award
November 25, 2014
One hundred meters from the entrance to the Korengal we stop for breakfast.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast has a tendency to lose its guests in the middle of the night.Would You Stay in Lizzie Borden’s Ax-Murder House?
October 30, 2014
On a morning late in May Mrs. Bines and her daughter were at breakfast.
You can't get them too cold for Perce at breakfast, nowadays.
You began to look bad as soon as you left off your breakfast.
The Bineses, with the exception of Psyche, were at breakfast a week later.
Why, we wasted enough from breakfast to feed a small family.
- the first meal of the day
- (as modifier)breakfast cereal; a breakfast room
- the food at this meal
- (in the Caribbean) a midday meal
- to eat or supply with breakfast
Word Origin and History for breakfast
Spanish almuerzo "lunch," but formerly and still locally "breakfast," is from Latin admorsus, past participle of admordere "to bite into," from ad- "to" + mordere "to bite." In common with almuerzo, words for "breakfast" tend over time to shift in meaning toward "lunch;" cf. French déjeuner "breakfast," later "lunch" (equivalent of Spanish desayuno "breakfast"), both from Vulgar Latin *disieiunare "to breakfast," from Latin dis- + ieiunare, jejunare "fast" (see jejune; also cf. dine). German Frühstück is from Middle High German vruostücke, literally "early bit." Old English had morgenmete "morning meal."