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gingerbread

[ jin-jer-bred ]
/ ˈdʒɪn dʒərˌbrɛd /
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noun
a type of cake flavored with ginger and molasses.
a rolled cookie similarly flavored, often cut in fanciful shapes, and sometimes frosted.
elaborate, gaudy, or superfluous architectural ornamentation: a series of gables embellished with gingerbread.
adjective
heavily, gaudily, and superfluously ornamented: a gingerbread style of architecture.
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Origin of gingerbread

1250–1300; Middle English gingebreed (influenced by breed bread), variant of gingebrad, -brat ginger paste <Old French gingembras, -brat preserved ginger <Medieval Latin *gingi(m)brātum a medicinal preparation (neuter past participle), derivative of Latin gingiberginger

OTHER WORDS FROM gingerbread

gin·ger·bread·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gingerbread

gingerbread
/ (ˈdʒɪndʒəˌbrɛd) /

noun
a moist brown cake, flavoured with ginger and treacle or syrup
  1. a rolled biscuit, similarly flavoured, cut into various shapes and sometimes covered with icing
  2. (as modifier)gingerbread man
  1. an elaborate but unsubstantial ornamentation
  2. (as modifier)gingerbread style of architecture
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