See also: break-fast and break fast

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Sausages, bacon, fried mushrooms and tomatoes, scrambled eggs and toast at a restaurant in Singapore. These foods are eaten for breakfast in many countries.

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EtymologyEdit

From break + fast; to end the nightly fast. Cognate to dated Dutch breekvasten (breakfast).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɹɛkfəst/
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  • (meal eaten after religious fasting): also IPA(key): /ˈbɹeɪkˌfæst/

NounEdit

breakfast (countable and uncountable, plural breakfasts)

  1. The first meal of the day, usually eaten in the morning.
    You should put more protein in her breakfast so she will grow.
    • 1591, Shakespeare, Henry VI, part 2, act 1:
      a sorry breakfast for my lord protector
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, in The Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      Peter, after the manner of man at the breakfast table, had allowed half his kedgeree to get cold and was sniggering over a letter. Sophia looked at him sharply. The only letter she had received was from her mother. Sophia's mother was not a humourist.
  2. (by extension) A meal consisting of food normally eaten in the morning, which may typically include eggs, sausages, toast, bacon, etc.
    We serve breakfast all day.
  3. The celebratory meal served after a wedding (and occasionally after other solemnities e.g. a funeral).
  4. (largely obsolete outside religion) A meal eaten after a period of (now often religious) fasting.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Dryden
      The wolves will get a breakfast by my death.

Usage notesEdit

  • In the sense "meal eaten after a period of (now often religious) fasting", the word is more often spelled break-fast or break fast; it is also often pronounced differently.

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breakfast (third-person singular simple present breakfasts, present participle breakfasting, simple past and past participle breakfasted)

  1. (intransitive) To eat the morning meal.
    • He breakfasted on pizza and Coke.
    • Prior
      First, sir, I read, and then I breakfast.
  2. (transitive) To serve breakfast to.
    • 1987, Anne McCaffrey, The Lady: A Tale of Ireland, page 269:
      By seven-thirty she had breakfasted them, provided each with a packed lunch and Thermoses of coffee and tea

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