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  1. sliced bread that has been browned by dry heat.
verb (used with object)
  1. to brown, as bread or cheese, by exposure to heat.
  2. to heat or warm thoroughly at a fire: She toasted her feet at the fireplace.
verb (used without object)
  1. to become toasted.
  1. be toast, Slang. to be doomed, ruined, or in trouble: If you're late to work again, you're toast!

Origin of toast1

1350–1400; (v.) Middle English to(o)sten < Middle French toster < Vulgar Latin *tostāre, derivative of Latin tostus (< *torstos), past participle of torrēre to parch, roast, from a base *tors-, akin to Gothic thaursus, Old Norse thurr dry; (noun) late Middle English to(o)ste, derivative of the v.; see torrid, thirst


  1. a salutation or a few words of congratulation, good wishes, appreciation, remembrance, etc., uttered immediately before drinking to a person, event, etc.
  2. a person, event, sentiment, or the like, in honor of whom another or others raise their glasses in salutation and then drink.
  3. an act or instance of thus drinking: They drank a toast to the queen.
  4. a call on another or others to drink to some person or thing.
  5. a person who is celebrated as with the spirited homage of a toast: She was the toast of five continents.
verb (used with object)
  1. to drink to the health of or in honor of; propose a toast to or in honor of.
  2. to propose as a toast.
verb (used without object)
  1. to propose or drink a toast.

Origin of toast2

1690–1700; figurative use of toast1 (noun); the name of a lady so honored was said to give flavor to the drink comparable to that given by spiced toast
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British Dictionary definitions for toast


  1. sliced bread browned by exposure to heat, usually under a grill, over a fire, or in a toaster
  2. be toast informal to face certain destruction or defeat
  1. (tr) to brown under a grill or over a fireto toast cheese
  2. to warm or be warmed in a similar mannerto toast one's hands by the fire

Word Origin

C14: from Old French toster, from Latin tōstus parched, baked from torrēre to dry with heat; see thirst, torrid


  1. a tribute or proposal of health, success, etc, given to a person or thing by a company of people and marked by raising glasses and drinking together
  2. a person or thing honoured by such a tribute or proposal
  3. (esp formerly) an attractive woman to whom such tributes are frequently madeshe was the toast of the town
  1. to propose or drink a toast to (a person or thing)
  2. (intr) to add vocal effects to a prerecorded track: a disc-jockey techniqueSee also rap 1 (def. 6)
Derived Formstoaster, noun

Word Origin

C17 (in the sense: a lady to whom the company is asked to drink): from toast 1,from the idea that the name of the lady would flavour the drink like a piece of spiced toast
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Word Origin and History for toast


"to brown with heat," late 14c., from Old French toster "to toast or grill" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *tostare (source of Italian tostare, Spanish tostar), frequentative of Latin torrere (past participle tostus) "to parch" (see terrain). Related: Toasted; toasting.


"a call to drink to someone's health," 1700 (but said by Steele, 1709, to date to the reign of Charles II), originally referring to the beautiful or popular woman whose health is proposed and drunk, from the use of spiced toast (n.2) to flavor drink, the lady regarded as figuratively adding piquancy to the wine in which her health was drunk.


"a toasted piece of bread," early 15c., from toast (v.1); slang meaning "a goner, person or thing already doomed or destroyed" is recorded by 1987, perhaps from notion of computer circuits being "fried," and with unconscious echoes of earlier figurative phrase to be had on toast (1886) "to be served up for eating."


"to propose or drink a toast," 1700, from toast (n.1). This probably is the source of the Jamaican and U.S. black word meaning "extemporaneous narrative poem or rap" (1962). Related: Toasted; toasting.

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