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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bread, breadstuff, staff of lifenoun

    food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked

  2. boodle, bread, cabbage, clams, dinero, dough, gelt, kale, lettuce, lolly, lucre, loot, moolah, pelf, scratch, shekels, simoleons, sugar, wampumverb

    informal terms for money

  3. breadverb

    cover with bread crumbs

    "bread the pork chops before frying them"


  1. breadnoun

    A foodstuff made by baking dough made from cereals

  2. breadnoun

    Any variety of bread

  3. breadnoun


  4. breadverb

    to coat with breadcrumbs

  5. Etymology: From bred, breed, from bread, from braudan, from bherw- (see brew). An alternatibe etymology derives bread from braudaz, from bʰera- (see brittle). Perhaps a conflation of the two. Cognate with breid, brea, brood, Brot, brød, bröd, brauð. Non Germanic cognates include Albanian bryð.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BREADnoun

    Etymology: breod, Saxon.

    Mankind have found the means to make them into bread, which is the lightest and properest aliment for human bodies. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    Bread that decaying man with strength supplies,
    And gen’rous wine, which thoughtful sorrow flies. Alexander Pope.

    In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread. Gen. iii. 19.

    If these pretenders were not supported by the simplicity of the inquisitive fools, the trade would not find them bread. Roger L'Estrange.

    This dowager on whom my tale I found,
    A simple sober life in patience led,
    And had but just enough to buy her bread. Dryden.

    When I submit to such indignities,
    Make me a citizen, a senator of Rome;
    To sell my country, with my voice, for bread. Philips.

    I neither have been bred a scholar, a soldier, nor to any kind of business; this creates uneasiness in my mind, fearing I shall in time want bread. Spectator, №. 203.

    God is pleased to try our patience by the ingratitude of those, who, having eaten of our bread, have lift up themselves against us. Charles I .

    But sometimes virtue starves, while vice is fed;
    What then? Is the reward of virtue bread? Alexander Pope.


  1. Bread

    Bread is a staple food prepared from a dough of flour (usually wheat) and water, usually by baking. Throughout recorded history and around the world, it has been an important part of many cultures' diet. It is one of the oldest human-made foods, having been of significance since the dawn of agriculture, and plays an essential role in both religious rituals and secular culture. Bread may be leavened by naturally occurring microbes (e.g. sourdough), chemicals (e.g. baking soda), industrially produced yeast, or high-pressure aeration, which creates the gas bubbles that fluff up bread. In many countries, commercial bread often contains additives to improve flavor, texture, color, shelf life, nutrition, and ease of production.


  1. bread

    Bread is a staple food made from flour, water, and usually yeast or another leavening agent, which is baked in an oven. It is commonly consumed in various forms and is characterized by its soft texture, mild flavor, and ability to be sliced.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Breadadjective

    to spread

  2. Breadnoun

    an article of food made from flour or meal by moistening, kneading, and baking

  3. Breadnoun

    food; sustenance; support of life, in general

  4. Breadverb

    to cover with bread crumbs, preparatory to cooking; as, breaded cutlets


  1. Bread

    Bread is a staple food prepared by baking a dough of flour and water. It is popular around the world and is one of the world's oldest foods. The virtually infinite combinations of different flours, and differing proportions of ingredients, has resulted in the wide variety of types, shapes, sizes, and textures available around the world. It may be leavened by a number of different processes ranging from the use of naturally-occurring microbes to high-pressure artificial aeration during preparation and/or baking, or may be left unleavened. A wide variety of additives may be used, from fruits and nuts to various fats, to chemical additives designed to improve flavour, texture, colour, and/or shelf life. Bread may be served in different forms at any meal of the day, eaten as a snack, and is even used as an ingredient in other culinary preparations. As a basic food worldwide, bread has come to take on significance beyond mere nutrition, evolving into a fixture in religious rituals, secular cultural life, and language.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bread

    bred, n. food made of flour or meal baked: food: livelihood.—ns. Bread′-bas′ket, a basket for holding bread: (slang) the stomach; Bread′-chip′per (Shak.), one who chips bread, an under-butler; Bread′-corn, corn of which bread is made.—n.pl. Bread′-crumbs, bread crumbled down for dressing dishes of fried fish, &c.—n. Bread′fruit-tree, a tree of the South Sea Islands, producing a fruit which, when roasted, forms a good substitute for bread; Bread′-nut, the fruit of a tree, a native of Jamaica, closely allied to the breadfruit-tree, which is used as bread when boiled or roasted; Bread′-room, an apartment in a ship's hold where the bread is kept; Bread′-root, a herbaceous perennial plant of North America, with a carrot-like root which is used as food; Bread′-stud′y, any branch of study taken up as a means of gaining a living; Bread′-stuff, the various kinds of grain or flour of which bread is made; Bread′-tree, a tree of South Africa which has a great deal of starch in its stem, and is used as bread by the natives; Bread′-win′ner, one who earns a living for a family.—Bread buttered on both sides, very fortunate circumstances.—To take the bread out of one's mouth, to deprive of the means of living. [A.S. bréad, prob. from a Teut. root meaning a fragment, like the Scot. and Norse country use of 'a piece,' for a bit of bread. The usual A.S. word was hláf.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. bread

    A foodstuff which the rich occasionally give to the poor as a substitute for cake.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Bread

    Baked food product made of flour or meal that is moistened, kneaded, and sometimes fermented. A major food since prehistoric times, it has been made in various forms using a variety of ingredients and methods.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bread

    The usual name given to biscuit.

Rap Dictionary

  1. breadnoun

    Money. "im not that nigga tryna' holla cuz i want some head/ im that nigga tryna holla cuz i want some bread" -- 50 Cent (P.I.M.P.)

Editors Contribution

  1. bread

    A type of food and food product.

    The bread at the supermarket is amazing so much variety we are so grateful.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 21, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BREAD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bread is ranked #122314 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bread surname appeared 141 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Bread.

    63.1% or 89 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    16.3% or 23 total occurrences were White.
    14.1% or 20 total occurrences were Black.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bread' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3078

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bread' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1211

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bread' in Nouns Frequency: #1163

Anagrams for bread »

  1. beard

  2. ardeb

  3. debar

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bread in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bread in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of bread in a Sentence

  1. Janet Woodcock:

    Who would think bread ? And yet bread is one of the highest sources of sodium that people are getting, the problem it's so cumulative : the tomato sauce, the peas, the bread, the salad dressing. Pretty soon your whole meal has hidden salt in it, and it's really hard right now for people to manage that on their own.

  2. John Ruskin:

    The beginning and almost the end of all good law is that everyone shall work for their bread and receive good bread for their work.

  3. Francis Cardinal George, OMI:

    Appearances are deceiving when it comes to the Holy Eucharist. It looks like the bread of Jesus’ time, tastes like unleavened bread, smells and feels like bread but it’s not bread. It’s the body and blood, human soul and divine nature of Jesus of Nazareth, risen from the dead.

  4. Pete Cunningham:

    If I want to buy a new house then I can go around and I can check to see whether there is damp patches around or whether the current owners have painted over and tried to hide any issues with leaks or damp patches, so that's another great example, also silly things like I'm going into the bakers and getting the freshest bread, you can point the phone up and identify where the freshest bread is. Or I let my dog out in the evening and it's pitch black, so now I can find my dog without having to chase around and rummage in bushes.

  5. Jimmy Carter:

    We live in a time of transition, an uneasy era which is likely to endure for the rest of this century. During the period we may be tempted to abandon some of the time-honored principles and commitments which have been proven during the difficult times of past generations. We must never yield to this temptation. Our American values are not luxuries, but necessities - not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself.

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