Toast is defined as to warm, heat or brown, or to give cheers to someone.verb
- An example of to toast is to roast a marshmallow over a campfire.
- An example of to toast is to raise a glass in honor of the bride and groom.
The definition of a toast is a speech or raising of the glass in honor of someone, or bread served browned by heat.noun
- An example of a toast is the best man's speech at a wedding.
- An example of toast is a browned, heated piece of bread served with jelly.
- to brown the surface of (bread, cheese, etc.) by heating in a toaster, over or near a fire, or in an oven
- to warm thoroughly: toast yourselves by the fire
Origin: ME tosten < OFr toster < VL *tostare < L tostus, pp. of torrere, to parch, roast: see thirst
- a person, thing, idea, etc. in honor of which a person or persons raise their glasses and drink
- a proposal to drink to such a person, etc., or a sentiment expressed just before so drinking
- such a drink
- any person greatly admired or acclaimed
Origin: from the use of toasted spiced bread to flavor the wine, and the notion that the person honored also added flavor
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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verb toast·ed, toast·ing, toasts verb, transitive
- To heat and brown (bread, for example) by placing in a toaster or an oven or close to a fire.
- To warm thoroughly, as before a fire: toast one's feet.
- Sliced bread heated and browned.
- Slang One that is doomed, in trouble, or unworthy of further consideration.
Origin: Middle English tosten, from Old French toster, from Vulgar Latin *tostāre, frequentative of Latin torrēre, to parch, burn; see ters- in Indo-European roots.
- a. The act of raising a glass and drinking in honor of or to the health of a person or thing.b. A proposal to drink to someone or something or a speech given before the taking of such a drink.c. The one honored by a toast.
- A person receiving much attention or acclaim: the toast of Broadway.
Origin: Perhaps from toast1 (from the use of spiced toast to flavor drinks).