Meaning of BREAD in English


— breadless , adj. — breadlessness , n.

/bred/ , n.

1. a kind of food made of flour or meal that has been mixed with milk or water, made into a dough or batter, with or without yeast or other leavening agent, and baked.

2. food or sustenance; livelihood: to earn one's bread.

3. Slang. money.

4. Eccles. the wafer or bread used in a Eucharistic service.

5. break bread ,

a. to eat a meal, esp. in companionable association with others.

b. to distribute or participate in Communion.

6. cast one's bread upon the waters , to act generously or charitably with no thought of personal gain.

7. know which side one's bread is buttered on , to be aware of those things that are to one's own advantage.

8. take the bread out of someone's mouth , to deprive someone of livelihood.


9. Cookery. to cover with breadcrumbs or meal.

[ bef. 950; 1950-55 for def. 3; ME breed, OE bread fragment, morsel, bread; c. G Brot ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .