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


  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
  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.
    • The wolves will get a breakfast by my death.
Translations Verb

breakfast (breakfasts, present participle breakfasting; past and past participle breakfasted)

  1. (intransitive) To eat the morning meal.
    • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, 1st edition, volume II, chapter I, page 12
      "Oh, he set off the moment he had breakfasted! […] "
    • First, sir, I read, and then I breakfast.
  2. (transitive) To serve breakfast to.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: prendre le petit-déjeuner
  • German: frühstücken
  • Portuguese: desjejuar
  • Russian: за́втракать
  • Spanish: desayunar

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