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[brek-fuh st] /ˈbrɛk fəst/
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.
verb (used without object)
to eat breakfast:
He breakfasted on bacon and eggs.
verb (used with object)
to supply with breakfast:
We breakfasted the author in the finest restaurant.
Origin of breakfast
late Middle English
First recorded in 1425-75, breakfast is from the late Middle English word brekfast. See break, fast2
Related forms
breakfaster, noun
breakfastless, adjective
postbreakfast, adjective Unabridged
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  • He was told that the count had walked out with Mr. Frank Hazeldean and some other gentlemen who had breakfasted with him.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Lena's curly black water-spaniel, Prince, breakfasted with us.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • While they breakfasted they kept an eye on the schooner, watching her sides and flanks as the water fell slowly away.

  • She breakfasted upstairs, unsolaced by any news from George.

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • A couple of hours passed away, during which we breakfasted on some delicious chocolate prepared by our host.

    On the Banks of the Amazon W.H.G. Kingston
  • He had breakfasted at seven-thirty on fruit, cereal, and one egg, in disgrace.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • breakfasted very nearly three hours ago, my boy,” was the answer.

    The Cruise of the Thetis Harry Collingwood
  • Just then some of Maqueda's ladies brought food, and at her bidding we breakfasted.

    Queen Sheba's Ring H. Rider Haggard
  • We dawdled at our friends' house and breakfasted, and said good-by to our worthy landlord.

  • They breakfasted as if they had fasted all the preceding day.

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan
British Dictionary definitions for breakfasted


  1. the first meal of the day
  2. (as modifier): breakfast cereal, a breakfast room
the food at this meal
(in the Caribbean) a midday meal
to eat or supply with breakfast
Derived Forms
breakfaster, noun
Word Origin
C15: from break + fast²
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Word Origin and History for breakfasted



mid-15c., from break (v.) + fast (n.). The verb is recorded from 1670s. Related: Breakfasted; breakfasting.

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for breakfasted
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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