- a cake flavored with ginger and molasses
- a kind of cookie cut from a rolled-out dough flavored with ginger and molasses
- showy ornamentation, as gaudy or fancy carvings on furniture, gables, etc.
Origin of gingerbreadMiddle English ginge bred, altered (after bred, bread) from gingebras, preserved ginger, ginger pudding from Old French gingembraz from gingibre from Medieval Latin gingiber, ginger
- a. A dark molasses cake flavored with ginger.b. A molasses and ginger cookie cut in various shapes, sometimes elaborately decorated.
- a. Elaborate architectural ornamentation, as on the trim of gables and porches on a Victorian house.b. Superfluous or tasteless embellishment.
Origin of gingerbreadMiddle English gingebred a stiff pudding, preserved ginger alteration ( influenced by bred, bread bread ) of Old French gingembrat from Medieval Latin gingibrātum from gingiber ginger ; see ginger .
From Old French gingembras, gingimbrat, preserved ginger, from medieval Latin *gingimbrātus, "gingered" (presumably referring to ginger that perhaps had a pharmaceutical use for some medicinal preparation), with intrusive m from medieval Latin gingiber, ginger. The third syllable was early confounded with bread, and the insertion of an r in the second syllable completed the semblance of a compound word.