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breakfast

noun

verb

  1. (eat)  to eat an early morning meal
    Type of: eat
  2. (feed)  to provide breakfast for
    Type of: feed

Etymology summary

"break" (verb) + "fast" (Noun). The verb is recorded from 1670s. The Spanish...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Breakfast

the first meal taken after rising from a night's sleep, most often eaten in the early morning before undertaking the day's work. Among English speakers, "breakfast" can be used to refer to this meal or to refer to a meal composed of traditional... (43 of 7382 words, 24 images)

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Breakfast (disambiguation)

the first meal of the day. It may also refer to: BBC Breakfast, the morning television news programme simulcast on BBC One and the BBC News channel | Breakfast (Australian TV program), Australian breakfast television news programme on Network Ten, airs... (40 of 235 words, 13 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Breakfast (disambiguation)

New World Dictionary:

breakfast

the first meal of the day | to eat breakfast | to give breakfast to (13 of 20 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/breakfast

Collins Dictionary:

breakfast | brekky [slang] | breakfaster [noun, derived]

the first meal of the day | [modifier], | the food at this meal | (in the Caribbean) a midday meal | to eat or supply with breakfast (24 of 500 words, 5 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/breakfast

Macmillan British Dictionary:

breakfast [countable/uncountable] | breakfasts [plural]

the first meal you have in the morning ; a meal consisting of the things people often have for breakfast, for example eggs or bacon ; [only before ... (28 of 90 words, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/breakfast

breakfast [intransitive, formal, verb] | breakfasted [past tense] | breakfasting [present participle] | breakfasts [3rd-person singular present]

to have breakfast (3 of 33 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/breakfast 13

Oxford Dictionary:

breakfast | eat | have someone for breakfast | brekkie [informal] | brekky [informal] | breakfaster [derived]

a meal eaten in the morning, the first of the day | eat breakfast | "have someone for breakfast" [informal] : deal with or defeat someone with ... (25 of 86 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/breakfast

Wiktionary:

breakfast | breakfasts [plural] | breakfasted [past tense] | breakfasting [present participle] | break one's fast [synonym, sense-specific]

The first meal of the day, usually eaten in the morning. | A meal consisting of food normally eaten in the morning, which may typically include eggs, sausages, toast, bacon, etc. | [intransitive] To eat the morning meal. | [transitive] To serve... (39 of 81 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/breakfast

Merriam-Webster:

breakfast | breakfaster [noun, related]

the first meal of the day especially when taken in the morning | the food prepared for a breakfast (18 of 64 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/breakfast

Random House Dictionary:

breakfast | disjune [Scottish, obsolete] | petit déjeuner [French] | petits déjeuners [French, plural]

the first meal of the day; morning meal. | the food eaten at the first meal of the day. | to eat breakfast. | to supply with breakfast. (25 of 62 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/breakfast

American Heritage Dictionary:

breakfast | breakfasted [past tense] | breakfasting [present participle] | breakfasts [3rd-person singular present] | breakfaster [noun, related]

The first meal of the day, usually eaten in the morning. | To eat breakfast | To provide breakfast for. (18 of 61 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/breakfast

Cambridge Dictionary:

breakfast [entry 1]

a meal eaten in the morning as the first meal of the day (13 of 48 words, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/breakfast 1

breakfast [entry 2, formal]

to eat breakfast (3 of 25 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/breakfast 2

Encarta Dictionary:

breakfast [often used before a noun] | breakfasts [plural]

the first meal of the day, usually eaten in the morning (11 of 68 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861592545​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

breakfast

First use: mid-15th century

Origin: "break" (verb) + "fast" (Noun). The verb is recorded from 1670s. The Spanish almuerzo "lunch", but formerly and still locally "breakfast", is ... (24 of 77 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=breakfast

American Heritage Dictionary:

breakfast | breakfasted [past tense] | breakfasting [present participle] | breakfasts [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English brekfast: breken, to break; see "break" + faste, a fast (from Old Norse fasta, to fast; see past- in Indo-European roots).

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/breakfast

Oxford Dictionary:

breakfast | eat

Origin: late Middle English: from the verb "break1" + "fast2"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/breakfast

Wiktionary:

breakfast | breakfasts [plural] | breakfasted [past tense] | breakfasting [present participle]

Origin: break + fast; to end the nightly fast.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/breakfast

Collins Dictionary:

breakfast

First use: 15th century

Origin: from break + fast2

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/breakfast

New World Dictionary:

breakfast

Origin: "break" + "fast"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/breakfast

break | broke [past tense] | broken [present participle]

Origin: Middle English breken from Old English brecan from Indo-European base *bhreg- derives "breach", "breech", German brechen, Latin frangere

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/break

fast

Origin: Middle English from Old English fæst, akin to German fest, ... | Middle English faste from Old English fæste from adjective | ... (20 of 50 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fast

Encarta Dictionary:

breakfast [often used before a noun] | breakfasts [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: break + fast [entry 2]

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861592545​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

breakfast | breakfasts [plural] | breakfasted [past tense] | breakfasting [present participle]

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "breakfast"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "breakfast"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/breakfast

Collins Dictionary:

breakfast

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "breakfast"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/breakfast

Macmillan American Dictionary:

breakfast [countable/uncountable] | breakfasts [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "breakfast"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/breakfast

breakfast [intransitive, formal, verb] | breakfasted [past tense] | breakfasting [present participle] | breakfasts [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "breakfast"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/breakfast 11

Macmillan British Dictionary:

breakfast [countable/uncountable] | breakfasts [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "breakfast"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/breakfast

breakfast [intransitive, formal, verb] | breakfasted [past tense] | breakfasting [present participle] | breakfasts [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "breakfast"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/breakfast 13

Cambridge Dictionary:

breakfast [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "breakfast"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "breakfast"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/breakfast 1

the Free Dictionary:

breakfast

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "breakfast"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "breakfast"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "breakfast" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/breakfast

Google Dictionary:

breakfast | breakfasts [plural] | breakfasted [past tense] | breakfasting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "breakfast"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=breakfast

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

breakfast

Audio: North American pronunciation of "breakfast"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=breakf​01 word=breakfast

YourDictionary Audio:

breakfast

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "breakfast" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/breakfast

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