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[sweet-bred] /ˈswitˌbrɛd/
Also called stomach sweetbread. the pancreas of an animal, especially a calf or a lamb, used for food.
Also called neck sweetbread, throat sweetbread. the thymus gland of such an animal, used for food.
Origin of sweetbread
First recorded in 1555-65; sweet + bread Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sweetbread
Historical Examples
  • The lamb's fry should be nearly all sweetbread, and very little liver.

  • Then put in the sweetbread and ham, and enough stock to mix nicely.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
  • Harris, wrinkled as a sweetbread and thin as an umbrella, blinked at Cassy.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • Perhaps if you could get me a sweetbread I might manage a few morsels.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice
  • And then for her supper she had a sweetbread—a sweetbread and bacon.

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • Laddie, do you think you could manage a fried sole and a sweetbread?

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke
  • If it has really any thing to do with a calf at all, it is the sweetbread.

    Lord Montagu's Page G. P. R. James
  • Heat the dice of sweetbread in this sauce and fill the cases with it.

  • Whom she meant, she did not say; but she could scarcely have meant the sweetbread.

    Hard Times Charles Dickens
  • So I got her the sweetbread she would not have for dinner, which warmed up well.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for sweetbread


the pancreas (stomach sweetbread) or the thymus gland (neck or throat sweetbread) of an animal, used for food
Word Origin
C16: sweet + bread, perhaps from Old English brǣd meat; related to Old Saxon brādo ham, Old High German brāt, Old Norse brāth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sweetbread

"pancreas used as food" 1560s, from sweet (adj.); the -bread element may be from Old English bræd "flesh."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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