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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.

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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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. Josh Novell:

    We're really pleased to be back, these months are our bread and butter. The sun was out over the Easter weekend and normally we would be jumping up and down excited about that.

  2. Hannah More:

    The wretch who digs the mine for bread, or ploughs, that others may be fed, feels less fatigued than that decreed to him who cannot think or read.

  3. Santa Ana woman:

    This bread is shared for celebrations, i'm lucky my children didn't get ahold of it.

  4. Robert Louis Stephenson:

    The best things in life are nearest Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.

  5. Miguel de Cervantes:

    I never thrust my nose into other men's porridge. It is no bread and butter of mine every man for himself, and God for us all.

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    assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
    • A. abet
    • B. exacerbate
    • C. flub
    • D. knead

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