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.
Ecclesiastical. the wafer or bread used in a Eucharistic service.
Cooking. to cover with breadcrumbs or meal.
Idioms about bread
to eat a meal, especially in companionable association with others.
to distribute or participate in Communion.
cast one's bread upon the waters, to act generously or charitably with no thought of personal gain.
know which side one's bread is buttered on, to be aware of those things that are to one's own advantage.
take the bread out of someone's mouth, to deprive someone of livelihood.
- breadless, adjective
- bread·less·ness, noun
- un·bread·ed, adjective
- bread , bred
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How to use bread in a sentence
For the sake of efficiency, drinks can be preordered and extra bread might accompany the steamed mussels, says Daniel Pimentel, the hotel’s general manager.Now that’s room service: What it’s like to check into a hotel just for dinner | Tom Sietsema | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
The manual high-lift levers let you raise even the smallest pieces of bread up above the toaster’s top, so you don’t burn your fingers when you remove it.Best toaster: Get perfectly golden slices every time | PopSci Commerce Team | February 10, 2021 | Popular-Science
In fact, it tastes better smashed a bit, because the jam marinates the bread.
Yesterday, while buying bread at my favorite local restaurant-turned-grocer, I asked the owner if she had any fun weekend plans, kind of a dark joke at this point since few of us really do anything.NYC Restaurant Workers Rush to Get Vaccinated As Eligibility Opens | Amanda Kludt | February 8, 2021 | Eater
“I also hiccup if I eat bread without drinking something,” wrote Vera.Habit forming: Here are some of the quirks that make these readers unique | John Kelly | February 7, 2021 | Washington Post
The tasteless bread was transformed into a sweet cake that included ingredients, such as dried fruit and marzipan.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts | Molly Hannon | December 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Against this backdrop, Paul breaking bread with Sharpton may be too much for Republican primary voters to watch or stomach.
“Ovens using gas cylinders were set up to make bread under bridges, and nursing stations appeared, offering medicines,” he writes.
For example, Kuwait recently put a limit the allowable amount of sodium in bread to lower blood pressure.The Secret to Tracking Ebola, MERS, and Flu? Sewers | Wudan Yan | November 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I knew Boyfriend would never really have its chance unless it became my bread-and-butter,” she says.
I tell you, madam, most distinctly and emphatically, that it is bread pudding and the meanest kind at that.'The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
In Tiefurt we partook of a magnificent collation consisting of a mug of beer, brown bread and sausage!Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
Newhall Street, and a new thoroughfare made in continuation of bread Street.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
Death comes in, the bread at the feast turns black, the hound falls down—and so on.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
He watched the man put some bread and milk in a tin pan, and set it down on the floor of the basket.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
British Dictionary definitions for bread
a food made from a dough of flour or meal mixed with water or milk, usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked
necessary food; nourishment: give us our daily bread
a slang word for money
Christianity a small loaf, piece of bread, or wafer of unleavened bread used in the Eucharist
bread and circuses something offered as a means of distracting attention from a problem or grievance
break bread See break (def. 46)
cast one's bread upon the waters to do good without expectation of advantage or return
to know which side one's bread is buttered to know what to do in order to keep one's advantages
take the bread out of someone's mouth to deprive someone of a livelihood
(tr) to cover with breadcrumbs before cooking: breaded veal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with bread
In addition to the idioms beginning with bread
- bread and butter
- 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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