- one's means of subsistence; livelihood
- to partake of food; eat
- to be generous or do good deeds without expecting something in return
- to know what is to one's advantage and from what source it comes
Other Word Forms of Bread
Origin of Bread
From Middle English bred, breed, from Old English brēad (“fragment, bit, morsel, crumb", also "bread”), from Proto-Germanic *braudą (“cooked food, leavened bread”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerw-, *bʰrew- ("to boil, seethe"; see brew). An alternative etymology derives bread from Proto-Germanic *braudaz, *brauþaz (“broken piece, fragment”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰera- (“to split, beat, hew, struggle”) (see brittle). Perhaps a conflation of the two. Cognate with Scots breid (“bread”), Saterland Frisian Brad (“bread”), West Frisian brea (“bread”), Dutch brood (“bread”), German Brot (“bread”), Danish brød (“bread”), Swedish bröd (“bread”), Icelandic brauð (“bread”). Indoeuropean cognates include Albanian brydh (“I make crumbly, friable, soft”).
From Middle English brede, from Old English brǣdu (“breadth, width, extent”), from Proto-Germanic *braidį̄ (“breadth”). Cognate with Scots brede, breid (“breadth”), Dutch breedte (“breadth”), German Breite (“breadth”), Swedish bredd (“breadth”), Icelandic breidd (“breadth”).
From Middle English breden, from Old English brǣdan (“to make broad, extend, spread, stretch out; be extended, rise, grow”), from Proto-Germanic *braidijaną (“to make broad, broaden”).
Middle English from Old English brēad bhreu- in Indo-European roots N., sense 3b, possibly from Cockney rhyming slang bread and honey
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Variant of braid, from Middle English breden, from Old English brēdan, breġdan.
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