verb (used with object)
- breach of contract,
- breach of faith,
- breach of promise,
- breach of the peace,
- breach of trust,
- bread and butter,
- bread and circuses,
- bread and honey,
- bread basket,
- bread flour
- to eat a meal, especially in companionable association with others.
- to distribute or participate in Communion.
Origin of bread
Examples from the Web for bread
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|DAILY BEAST
Place one sheet of phyllo on the board, brush it with butter, and sprinkle it with ¾ teaspoon of bread crumbs.
The last time Xido was at the orphanage in 2012, money was running out and there was only bread to eat for a few days.Death Metal Angola: Heavy Metal in War-Torn Africa|Nina Strochlic|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Venezuela faces shortages in everything from toilet paper to bread, but one of the most overlooked items is breast implants.Venezuela Now Has Toilet Paper but No Breast Implants|Jason Batansky|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A bad day for Mark Francis would involve having to take public transport and having the crusts left on his bread.
Just a mouthful of bread, and even that I do not get a chance to eat!The Memoirs of Victor Hugo|Victor Hugo
We eat our bread in peace and comfort, and each man's property is his own.For the Temple|G. A. Henty
For bread there was a small quantity of "hard tack" and a large supply of corn meal.Camp Venture|George Cary Eggleston
If a man was too poor to sacrifice a living animal, he offered an image of one made of bread.
The ploughboy understood them very well, for to have only a hunch of bread and little or no cheese was often his own case.Round About a Great Estate|Richard Jefferies
Word Origin for bread
Old English bread "bit, crumb, morsel; bread," cognate with Old Norse brauð, Danish brød, Old Frisian brad, Middle Dutch brot, Dutch brood, German Brot. According to one theory [Watkins, etc.] from Proto-Germanic *brautham, which would be from the root of brew (v.) and refer to the leavening.
But OED argues at some length for the basic sense being not "cooked food" but "piece of food," and the Old English word deriving from a Proto-Germanic *braudsmon- "fragments, bits" (cf. Old High German brosma "crumb," Old English breotan "to break in pieces") and being related to the root of break (v.). It cites Slovenian kruh "bread," literally "a piece."
Either way, by c.1200 it had replaced the usual Old English word for "bread," which was hlaf (see loaf (n.)). Slang meaning "money" dates from 1940s, but cf. breadwinner. Bread-and-butter in the figurative sense of "basic needs" is from 1732. Bread and circuses (1914) is from Latin, in reference to food and entertainment provided by governments to keep the populace happy. "Duas tantum res anxius optat, Panem et circenses" [Juvenal, Sat. x.80].
"to dress with bread crumbs," 1727, from bread (n.). Related: Breaded; breading.
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