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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bread, breadstuff, staff of life(noun)

    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, wampum(verb)

    informal terms for money

  3. bread(verb)

    cover with bread crumbs

    "bread the pork chops before frying them"


  1. bread(Noun)

    A foodstuff made by baking dough made from cereals

  2. bread(Noun)

    Any variety of bread

  3. bread(Noun)


  4. bread(Verb)

    to coat with breadcrumbs

  5. Origin: 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bread(adj)

    to spread

  2. Bread(noun)

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

  3. Bread(noun)

    food; sustenance; support of life, in general

  4. Bread(verb)

    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.

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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

How to pronounce bread?

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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. George Herbert:

    Hope is the poor man's bread.

  2. Qu Xiling:

    Their bread stays crispy for days.

  3. German proverb:

    Whose bread I eat his song I sing.

  4. Lithuanian Proverb:

    God gave teeth He will give bread.

  5. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.

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