bread

[OE] The general Germanic word for ‘bread’ in prehistoric times was what we now know as loaf; bread probably originally meant simply ‘(piece of) food’, but as bread was among the commonest foods, the word bread gradually became more specialized, passing via ‘piece of bread’, ‘broken bread’, to simply ‘bread’. Old English brēad and related Germanic forms such as German brot and Swedish bröd point to a hypothetical Germanic precursor *brautham, but the word’s ultimate origins are unknown. Some etymologists have derived it from Indo- European *bhreu-, source of English brew.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • Bread — (br[e^]d), n. [AS. bre[ a]d; akin to OFries. br[=a]d, OS. br[=o]d, D. brood, G. brod, brot, Icel. brau[eth], Sw. & Dan. br[ o]d. The root is probably that of E. brew. [root]93. See {Brew}.] 1. An article of food made from flour or meal by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • bread — W3S2 [bred] n [U] [: Old English;] 1.) a type of food made from flour and water that is mixed together and then baked ▪ Would you like some bread with your soup? ▪ the smell of fresh bread ▪ a loaf of bread ▪ Could you cut me a slice of bread… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bread — ► NOUN 1) food made of flour, water, and yeast mixed together and baked. 2) informal money. ● bread and butter Cf. ↑bread and butter ● bread and circuses Cf. ↑bread and circuses …   English terms dictionary

  • bread — [ bred ] noun uncount *** 1. ) a common food made from flour, water, and usually YEAST (=a substance that makes the bread grow larger). Bread is usually sold in a large piece called a loaf or made into smaller pieces called rolls. You usually cut …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bread — [bred] n. [ME bred < OE bread, crumb, morsel < IE * bhreu , var. of * bhereu , to ferment < base * bher , well up, seethe > BREW, BURN1, L fervere, to boil] 1. a) a food baked from a leavened, kneaded dough made with flour or meal,… …   English World dictionary

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  • Bread — Bread, v. t. (Cookery) To cover with bread crumbs, preparatory to cooking; as, breaded cutlets. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bread — (br[e^]d), v. t. [AS. br[ae]dan to make broad, to spread. See {Broad}, a.] To spread. [Obs.] Ray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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