Definition of gingerbread noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdʒɪndʒəbred//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɪndʒərbred//
[uncountable] Sweets and desserts
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  • a sweet cake or soft biscuit/cookie flavoured with ginger a gingerbread man (= a gingerbread biscuit/cookie in the shape of a person) See related entries: Sweets and desserts
  • Word OriginMiddle English (originally denoting ‘preserved ginger’), from Old French gingembrat, from medieval Latin gingibratum, from gingiber, from Greek zingiberis. The change in the ending in the 15th cent. was due to association with bread.Idioms
    take the gilt off the gingerbread
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    (British English) to do or be something that makes a situation or achievement less attractive or impressive