breakfast

[brek-fuh st]
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noun
  1. the first meal of the day; morning meal: A hearty breakfast was served at 7 a.m.
  2. the food eaten at the first meal of the day: a breakfast of bacon and eggs.
verb (used without object)
  1. to eat breakfast: He breakfasted on bacon and eggs.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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
Related formsbreak·fast·er, nounbreak·fast·less, adjectivepost·break·fast, adjective
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Related Words for breakfast

brunch

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Historical Examples of breakfast

  • On a morning late in May Mrs. Bines and her daughter were at breakfast.

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  • You can't get them too cold for Perce at breakfast, nowadays.

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  • You began to look bad as soon as you left off your breakfast.

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  • The Bineses, with the exception of Psyche, were at breakfast a week later.

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  • Why, we wasted enough from breakfast to feed a small family.

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British Dictionary definitions for breakfast

breakfast

noun
    1. the first meal of the day
    2. (as modifier)breakfast cereal; a breakfast room
  1. the food at this meal
  2. (in the Caribbean) a midday meal
verb
  1. to eat or supply with breakfast
Derived Formsbreakfaster, noun

Word Origin for breakfast

C15: from break + fast ²
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Word Origin and History for breakfast
n.

mid-15c., from break (v.) + fast (n.). The verb is recorded from 1670s. Related: Breakfasted; breakfasting.

Spanish almuerzo "lunch," but formerly and still locally "breakfast," is from Latin admorsus, past participle of admordere "to bite into," from ad- "to" + mordere "to bite." In common with almuerzo, words for "breakfast" tend over time to shift in meaning toward "lunch;" cf. French déjeuner "breakfast," later "lunch" (equivalent of Spanish desayuno "breakfast"), both from Vulgar Latin *disieiunare "to breakfast," from Latin dis- + ieiunare, jejunare "fast" (see jejune; also cf. dine). German Frühstück is from Middle High German vruostücke, literally "early bit." Old English had morgenmete "morning meal."

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