1. The first meal of the day, usually eaten in the morning.
2. Informal Food traditionally consumed for breakfast, such as eggs or pancakes: We made breakfast for dinner.
v. break·fast·ed, break·fast·ing, break·fasts
To eat breakfast: We breakfasted on the terrace.
To provide breakfast for.
[Middle English brekfast : breken, to break; see BREAK + faste, a fast (from Old Norse fasta, to fast; see past- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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