[bred-bas-kit, -bah-skit]


a basket or similar container for bread or rolls.
an agricultural area that provides large amounts of food, especially grain, to other areas.
Slang. a person's stomach or abdomen.


of, relating to, or characteristic of a geographical breadbasket: Iowa is a breadbasket state.

Origin of breadbasket

First recorded in 1545–55; bread + basket Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bread-basket

Historical Examples of bread-basket

  • I have long wished to have a bout with those knights of the bread-basket.

    The Robbers

    Friedrich Schiller

  • His heart he called his courage-hold and his stomach his bread-basket.


    Benito Prez Galds

  • He hammered his big fist into the bread-basket of the ringleader and said, 'Git!'

    The Yukon Trail

    William MacLeod Raine

  • Then the servant brought him his portion, and gave him bread from the bread-basket.

  • One of the most striking—and satisfactory—features of the new restaurant rgime is the disappearance of the bread-basket.

British Dictionary definitions for bread-basket



a basket for carrying bread or rolls
a slang word for stomach
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

Word Origin and History for bread-basket

1550s, "basket for holding bread," from bread (n.) + basket. Slang meaning "stomach" is attested from 1753, especially in pugilism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper