break fast


the first meal of the day; morning meal: A hearty breakfast was served at 7 a.m.
the food eaten at the first meal of the day: a breakfast of bacon and eggs.
verb (used without object)
to eat breakfast: He breakfasted on bacon and eggs.
verb (used with object)
to supply with breakfast: We breakfasted the author in the finest restaurant.

1425–75; late Middle English brekfast. See break, fast2

breakfaster, noun
breakfastless, adjective
postbreakfast, adjective Unabridged
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breakfast (ˈbrɛkfəst)
1.  a.  the first meal of the day
 b.  (as modifier): breakfast cereal; a breakfast room
2.  the food at this meal
3.  (in the Caribbean) a midday meal
4.  to eat or supply with breakfast
[C15: from break + fast²]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from break (v.) + fast (n.). The verb is recorded from 1670s. The Sp. almuerzo "lunch," but formerly and still locally "breakfast," is from L. admorsus, pp. of admordere "to bite into," from ad- "to" + mordere "to bite." Like almuerzo,
words for "breakfast" tend over time to shift in meaning toward "lunch;" cf. Fr. déjeuner "breakfast," later "lunch" (equivalent of Sp. desayuno "breakfast"), both from V.L. *disieiunare "to breakfast," from L. dis- + ieiunare, jejunare "fast" (see jejune; also cf. dine).
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