[ brek-fuh st ]
/ ˈbrɛk fəst /


the first meal of the day; morning meal: A hearty breakfast was served at 7 a.m.
the food eaten at the first meal of the day: a breakfast of bacon and eggs.

verb (used without object)

to eat breakfast: He breakfasted on bacon and eggs.

verb (used with object)

to supply with breakfast: We breakfasted the author in the finest restaurant.

Origin of breakfast

First recorded in 1425–75, breakfast is from the late Middle English word brekfast. See break, fast2


break·fast·er, nounbreak·fast·less, adjectivepost·break·fast, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for breakfast

/ (ˈbrɛkfəst) /


  1. the first meal of the day
  2. (as modifier)breakfast cereal; a breakfast room
the food at this meal
(in the Caribbean) a midday meal


to eat or supply with breakfast

Derived forms of breakfast

breakfaster, noun

Word Origin for breakfast

C15: from break + fast ²
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