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gingerbread

[jin-jer-bred] /ˈdʒɪn dʒərˌbrɛd/
noun
1.
a type of cake flavored with ginger and molasses.
2.
a rolled cookie similarly flavored, often cut in fanciful shapes, and sometimes frosted.
3.
elaborate, gaudy, or superfluous architectural ornamentation:
a series of gables embellished with gingerbread.
adjective
4.
heavily, gaudily, and superfluously ornamented:
a gingerbread style of architecture.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English gingebreed (influenced by breed bread), variant of gingebrad, -brat ginger paste < Old French gingembras, -brat preserved ginger < Medieval Latin *gingi(m)brātum a medicinal preparation (neuter past participle), derivative of Latin gingiber ginger
Related forms
gingerbready, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ginger-bread

gingerbread

/ˈdʒɪndʒəˌbrɛd/
noun
1.
a moist brown cake, flavoured with ginger and treacle or syrup
2.
  1. a rolled biscuit, similarly flavoured, cut into various shapes and sometimes covered with icing
  2. (as modifier): gingerbread man
3.
  1. an elaborate but unsubstantial ornamentation
  2. (as modifier): gingerbread style of architecture
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Word Origin and History for ginger-bread

gingerbread

n.

late 13c., gingerbrar, from Old French ginginbrat "ginger preserve," from Medieval Latin gingimbratus "gingered," from gingiber (see ginger). The ending changed by folk etymology to -brede "bread," a formation attested by mid-14c. Originally "preserved ginger," the meaning "a kind of spiced cake" is from 15c. Figurative use, "showy, insubstantial" is from c.1600. Sense of "fussy decoration on a house" is first recorded 1757; gingerbread-work (1748) was a sailor's term for carved decoration on a ship.

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Slang definitions & phrases for ginger-bread

gingerbread

modifier

: the gingerbread stacks of the old river steamers

noun
  1. Money (1700+)
  2. Fussy decoration, esp on a house; frillwork (1757+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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