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[brek-fuh st]
  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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to eat breakfast: He breakfasted on bacon and eggs.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to supply with breakfast: We breakfasted the author in the finest restaurant.
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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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Examples from the Web for post-breakfast

Historical Examples of post-breakfast

  • That post-breakfast moment is the only peace-moment I know in my day and in my life.

    I, Mary MacLane

    Mary MacLane

  • But I have not time to enlarge; breakfast calls me; and all my post-breakfast time must be given to poetry.

  • At that I rose and walked a few paces to knock out my post-breakfast pipe against an apple-tree.

    The Thing from the Lake

    Eleanor M. Ingram

British Dictionary definitions for post-breakfast


    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
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  1. to eat or supply with breakfast
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Derived Formsbreakfaster, noun

Word Origin for breakfast

C15: from break + fast ²
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Word Origin and History for post-breakfast



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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