Gingerbread meaning

jĭnjər-brĕd
A type of cake whose main flavouring is ginger and that is typically cut into human-shaped pieces called gingerbread men or built into house-shaped cakes called gingerbread houses.
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Showy ornamentation, as gaudy or fancy carvings on furniture, gables, etc.
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Cheap and showy; gaudy.
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Version 2.3 of the Android OS. See Android versions.
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(architecture) A flamboyant Victorian-era architectural style.
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Origin of gingerbread

  • Middle English gingebred a stiff pudding, preserved ginger alteration (influenced by bred, bread bread) of Old French gingembrat from Medieval Latin gingibrātum from gingiber ginger ginger

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary