toast

1
[tohst]

noun

sliced bread that has been browned by dry heat.

verb (used with object)

to brown, as bread or cheese, by exposure to heat.
to heat or warm thoroughly at a fire: She toasted her feet at the fireplace.

verb (used without object)

to become toasted.

Nearby words

  1. toadshade,
  2. toadstone,
  3. toadstool,
  4. toady,
  5. toamasina,
  6. toast rack,
  7. toaster,
  8. toaster oven,
  9. toasting fork,
  10. toastmaster

Idioms

    be toast, Slang. to be doomed, ruined, or in trouble: If you're late to work again, you're toast!

Origin of toast

1
1350–1400; (v.) Middle English to(o)sten < Middle French toster < Vulgar Latin *tostāre, derivative of Latin tostus (< *torstos), past participle of torrēre to parch, roast, from a base *tors-, akin to Gothic thaursus, Old Norse thurr dry; (noun) late Middle English to(o)ste, derivative of the v.; see torrid, thirst

toast

2
[tohst]

noun

a salutation or a few words of congratulation, good wishes, appreciation, remembrance, etc., uttered immediately before drinking to a person, event, etc.
a person, event, sentiment, or the like, in honor of whom another or others raise their glasses in salutation and then drink.
an act or instance of thus drinking: They drank a toast to the queen.
a call on another or others to drink to some person or thing.
a person who is celebrated as with the spirited homage of a toast: She was the toast of five continents.

verb (used with object)

to drink to the health of or in honor of; propose a toast to or in honor of.
to propose as a toast.

verb (used without object)

to propose or drink a toast.

Origin of toast

2
1690–1700; figurative use of toast1 (noun); the name of a lady so honored was said to give flavor to the drink comparable to that given by spiced toast

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British Dictionary definitions for toast

toast

1

noun

sliced bread browned by exposure to heat, usually under a grill, over a fire, or in a toaster
be toast informal to face certain destruction or defeat

verb

(tr) to brown under a grill or over a fireto toast cheese
to warm or be warmed in a similar mannerto toast one's hands by the fire

Word Origin for toast

C14: from Old French toster, from Latin tōstus parched, baked from torrēre to dry with heat; see thirst, torrid

noun

a tribute or proposal of health, success, etc, given to a person or thing by a company of people and marked by raising glasses and drinking together
a person or thing honoured by such a tribute or proposal
(esp formerly) an attractive woman to whom such tributes are frequently madeshe was the toast of the town

verb

to propose or drink a toast to (a person or thing)
(intr) to add vocal effects to a prerecorded track: a disc-jockey techniqueSee also rap 1 (def. 6)
Derived Formstoaster, noun

Word Origin for toast

C17 (in the sense: a lady to whom the company is asked to drink): from toast 1,from the idea that the name of the lady would flavour the drink like a piece of spiced toast

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Word Origin and History for toast
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Idioms and Phrases with toast

toast

see warm as toast.

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