- The definition of bread means a baked combination of flour and liquid that has often been shaped into loaves.
The top and bottom parts of a sandwich are examples of bread.
- Bread is a slang word for money.
The money earned from a high paying job is an example of bread.
A sliced loaf of bread.
bread definition by Webster's New World
- a food baked from a leavened, kneaded dough made with flour or meal, water, yeast, etc.
- a similar food, as matzo, that is not leavened and so remains flat when baked
- any baked food like bread but made with a batter: quick breads, corn bread
- food generally
- the means of living; livelihood: to earn one's bread
- Slang money
Origin: Middle English bred ; from Old English bread, crumb, morsel ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhreu-, variant, variety of an unverified form bhereu-, to ferment ; from base an unverified form bher-, well up, seethe from source brew, burn, Classical Latin fervere, to boil
bread definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A staple food made from flour or meal mixed with other dry and liquid ingredients, usually combined with a leavening agent, and kneaded, shaped into loaves, and baked.
- a. Food in general, regarded as necessary for sustaining life: “If bread is the first necessity of life, recreation is a close second” (Edward Bellamy).b. Something that nourishes; sustenance: “My bread shall be the anguish of my mind” (Edmund Spenser).
- a. Means of support; livelihood: earn one's bread.b. Slang Money.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English brēad; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots. N., sense 3b, possibly from Cockney rhyming slang bread and honey.
bread - Phrases/Idioms
bread and butter
cast one's bread upon the waters
know which side one's bread is buttered on