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



    BrE BrE//bred//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bred//
    [uncountable] Carbohydrates
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  1. 1   a type of food made from flour, water and usually yeast mixed together and baked a loaf/slice/piece of bread white/brown/wholemeal bread see also crispbread, French bread, gingerbread See related entries: Carbohydrates
  2. 2(old-fashioned, slang) money
  3. Word OriginOld English brēad, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch brood and German Brot.Extra examples He had to live on bread and water for two weeks. People started going up to receive the bread and wine. She tore off a large hunk of bread. This bread is going stale. What would you like on your bread? a plate of bread and butter bread thickly spread with peanut butter bread thickly spread with plum jam loaves of crusty French bread some nice crusty white bread the smell of freshly baked breadIdioms
    the best thing since sliced bread
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    (informal) if you say that something is the best thing since sliced bread, you think it is extremely good, interesting, etc.
    the basic things that you need to live, especially food
    half a loaf is better than no bread
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    (saying) you should be grateful for something, even if it is not as good, much, etc. as you really wanted; something is better than nothing
    know which side your bread is buttered
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    (informal) to know where you can get an advantage for yourself
    take the bread out of somebody’s mouth
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    to take away somebody’s job so that they are no longer able to earn enough money to live
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