What does breakfast mean?

Definitions for breakfast
ˈbrɛk fəstbreak·fast

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. breakfastverb

    the first meal of the day (usually in the morning)

  2. breakfastverb

    eat an early morning meal

    "We breakfast at seven"

  3. breakfastverb

    provide breakfast for

Wiktionary

  1. breakfastnoun

    The first meal of the day, usually eaten in the morning.

  2. breakfastnoun

    A meal consisting of food normally eaten in the morning, which may typically include eggs, sausages, toast, bacon, etc.

    We serve breakfast all day.

  3. breakfastverb

    To eat the morning meal.

    He breakfasted on pizza and Coke.

  4. breakfastverb

    To serve breakfast to.

  5. Etymology: From break + fast; to end the nightly fast.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Breakfastnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The duke was at breakfast, the last of his repasts in this world. Henry Wotton.

    Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper. Francis Bacon.

    A good piece of bread would be often the best breakfast for my young master. John Locke.

    Had I been seized by a hungry lion,
    I would have been a breakfast to the beast. William Shakespeare.

    I lay me down to gasp my latest breath,
    The wolves will get a breakfast by my death,
    Yet scarce enough their hunger to supply. Dryden.

  2. To Breakfastverb

    To eat the first meal in the day.

    Etymology: from break and fast.

    As soon as Phœbus’ rays inspect us,
    First, Sir, I read, and then I breakfast. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Breakfastnoun

    the first meal in the day, or that which is eaten at the first meal

  2. Breakfastnoun

    a meal after fasting, or food in general

  3. Breakfastverb

    to break one's fast in the morning; too eat the first meal in the day

  4. Breakfastverb

    to furnish with breakfast

Freebase

  1. Breakfast

    Breakfast is the first meal taken after rising from a night's sleep, most often eaten in the early morning before undertaking the day's work. Among English speakers, "breakfast" can be used to refer to this meal or to refer to a meal composed of traditional breakfast foods served at any time of day. The word literally refers to breaking the fasting period of the prior night. Breakfast foods vary widely from place to place, but often include a carbohydrate such as grains or cereals, fruit and/or vegetables, a protein food such as eggs, meat or fish, and a beverage such as tea, coffee or fruit juice. Coffee, tea, juice, breakfast cereals, pancakes, sausages, bacon, sweet breads, fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, mushrooms, baked beans, muffins, crumpets and toast with butter or margarine and/or jam or marmalade are common examples of breakfast foods, though a large range of preparations and ingredients are associated with breakfast globally. Nutritional experts have referred to breakfast as the most important meal of the day, citing studies that find that people who skip breakfast are disproportionately likely to have problems with concentration, metabolism, and weight. The nutritionist Monica Reinagel has argued the metabolic benefits have been exaggerated, noting the improvement in cognition has been found among children, but is much less significant among adults. Reinagel also explains that the link between skipping breakfast and increased weight is likely behavioral—compensating with snacks and/or eating more later—and therefore not inevitable.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Breakfast

    brek′fast, n. a break or breaking of a fast: the first meal of the day.—v.i. to take breakfast.—v.t. to furnish with breakfast.—ns. Break′fasting, the act of taking breakfast: a party at breakfast; Break′fast-set, the china or other ware used at breakfast.

Editors Contribution

  1. breakfast

    A moderate amount of food.

    Breakfast is an important meal.


    Submitted by MaryC on January 28, 2020  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Breakfast

    The morning meal, when the fast since the previous night’s supper is broken.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'breakfast' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2476

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'breakfast' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1779

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'breakfast' in Nouns Frequency: #1020

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of breakfast in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of breakfast in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of breakfast in a Sentence

  1. President Volodymyr Zelensky:

    I would like to say that I had breakfast in the morning in Ukraine, and I will have my dinner in Ukraine as well. I never leave home for long.

  2. Mona Liza Vito:

    If we can't put in the money, they can't go to class, i would rather spend that money so that the children can have breakfast.

  3. Louise Sattler:

    Everybody has to stop looking at everybody else and look to within, my kids this morning had Frosted Flakes for breakfast. They had sugary cereal. Now the past two days they had eggs but today they didn't have eggs ... Mothers, I'm sure, will come after me and say, 'Lyss Stern is a terrible mother, because she gave her kids Frosted Flakes for breakfast today,' but at the end of the day it's OK.

  4. Megan Sue Belafonte:

    I cook breakfast, I clean out front. We listen to music during the day.

  5. Toshiharu Kimura:

    In the case of hotels, guests often ask simple questions such as what time is breakfast or dinner, what time checkout is, and they often ask, ‘How can I send baggage home.’ These are common questions the service is often used for.

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