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 break 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 break bread (1 of 2)

break bread


Have a meal, eat. For example, It's hard to remain enemies when you've broken bread together. This term occurs in numerous places in the New Testament, where it sometimes means to share bread and other times to distribute food to others. In later usage it came to refer to the sacramental bread of Communion in Christian services. The latter survives in the spiritual hymn, “Let Us Break Bread Together.” [1300s]

Idioms and Phrases with break bread (2 of 2)

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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