Bread meaning

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The means of living; livelihood.

To earn one's bread.

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(slang) Money.
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To coat with bread crumbs, as before cooking.

Breaded the fish fillets.

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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.
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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.

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Food generally.
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(slang) Money.
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Food; sustenance; support of life, in general.
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(obsolete or UK dialectal, Scotland) Breadth.
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(dialectal) To make broad; spread.

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To form in meshes; net.
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A piece of embroidery; a braid.
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Bread is a slang word for money.

The money earned from a high paying job is an example of bread.

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Any baked food like bread but made with a batter.

Quick breads, corn bread.

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To cover with bread crumbs before cooking.
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(uncountable) A foodstuff made by baking dough made from cereals.
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(countable) Any variety of bread.
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bread and butter
  • one's means of subsistence; livelihood
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break bread
  • to partake of food; eat
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cast one's bread upon the waters
  • to be generous or do good deeds without expecting something in return
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know which side one's bread is buttered on
  • to know what is to one's advantage and from what source it comes
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of bread

  • 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

  • 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 Wiktionary

  • 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”).

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  • 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”).

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  • Variant of braid, from Middle English breden, from Old English brēdan, breġdan.

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