bread

[ bred ]
/ brɛd /

noun

a kind of food made of flour or meal that has been mixed with milk or water, made into a dough or batter, with or without yeast or other leavening agent, and baked.
food or sustenance; livelihood: to earn one's bread.
Slang. money.
Ecclesiastical. the wafer or bread used in a Eucharistic service.

verb (used with object)

Cookery. to cover with breadcrumbs or meal.

Idioms

Origin of bread

before 950; 1950–55 for def 3; Middle English breed, Old English brēad fragment, morsel, bread; cognate with German Brot
Related formsbread·less, adjectivebread·less·ness, nounun·bread·ed, adjective
Can be confusedbread bred
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British Dictionary definitions for bread

bread

/ (brɛd) /

noun

verb

(tr) to cover with breadcrumbs before cookingbreaded veal

Word Origin for bread

Old English brēad; related to Old Norse braud, Old Frisian brād, Old High German brōt
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Idioms and Phrases with bread

bread


In addition to the idioms beginning with bread

  • bread and butter

also see:

  • break bread
  • greatest thing since sliced bread
  • know which side of bread is buttered
  • take the bread out of someone's mouth
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