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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
1299, gingerbrar, from O.Fr. ginginbrat "preserved ginger," from M.L. gingimbratus "gingered," from gingiber (see ginger). The ending changed by folk etymology to -brede "bread," a formation attested by 1352. Originally "preserved ginger," the meaning "a kind of spiced cake" is from 15c. Sense of "fussy decoration on a house" is first recorded 1757, originally gingerbread-work (1748), a sailors' 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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