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



    BrE BrE//təʊst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//toʊst//
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  1. 1 [uncountable] slices of bread that have been made brown and crisp by heating them on both sides in a toaster or under a grill cheese on toast a piece of toast two slices/rounds of toast see also French toast
  2. 2[countable] toast (to somebody/something) the act of a group of people wishing somebody happiness, success, etc. by drinking a glass of something, especially alcohol, at the same time I'd like to propose a toast to the bride and groom. The committee drank a toast to the new project.
  3. 3[singular] the toast of… a person who is praised by a lot of people in a particular place because of something that they have done well The performance made her the toast of the festival.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘burn as the sun does, parch’): from Old French toster ‘roast’, from Latin torrere ‘parch’. The practice of drinking a toast goes back to the late 17th cent., and originated in naming a lady whose health the company was requested to drink, the idea being that the lady's name flavoured the drink like the pieces of spiced toast that were formerly placed in drinks such as wine.Extra examples He raised his glass as if to make a toast. I can smell burned toast. I’m making toast for breakfast. She ate two slices of toast spread with honey. The bridegroom ended his speech by proposing a toast to the hosts. We’ll have another round of toast, please. buttered toast I’d like to propose a toast to the bride and groom.Idioms (informal) to be likely to die or be destroyed One mistake and you're toast.
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