[ bred ]
/ brɛd /


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.

Nearby words

  1. breach of contract,
  2. breach of faith,
  3. breach of promise,
  4. breach of the peace,
  5. breach of trust,
  6. bread and butter,
  7. bread and circuses,
  8. bread and honey,
  9. bread basket,
  10. bread flour


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

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Examples from the Web for bread

British Dictionary definitions for bread


/ (brɛd) /



(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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Word Origin and History for bread
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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