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baba Tweet Definition of baba Like Definition of baba on Facebook
  1. A kind of sponge cake soaked in rum-flavoured syrup.
  2. A grandmother.
    • 1993, Karen Dubinsky, Improper Advances: Rape and Heterosexual Conflict in Ontario, 1880-1929, University of Chicago Press
    • :My , Ksenia Dubinsky, tells me that my education makes her proud.
    • 2001, Brattleboro Remembers, edited by the Brattleboro Vermont Historical Society, Arcadia Publishing
    • :I walked first for my grandmother, and my mother was sorry she had missed my first steps. My Baba was so proud, my mother later told me.
    • 2004: A Woman's Europe: True Stories, edited by MaryBeth? Bond
    • :As we made eye contact, I slowly began to wonder if she was Baba. I did not know my grandmother though I'd spoken with her several times on the telephone;
      1. An old woman, especially a traditional old woman from an eastern European culture.
    • 1914, Russell Sage Foundation, Wage-earning Pittsburgh
    • :Only two women, typical "babas" (peasant women) in the house from which I got my quilt and bedcloth, could be coaxed to pose;
    • 1986, Janice Kulyk Keefer, The Paris-Napoli Express
    • :Laura hadn't known that anyone's mother could look like that, like the babas you sometimes saw downtown, bandaged in kerchiefs and aprons, sitting toothless in stockinged feet on small verandahs, peeling potatoes or beets or just shaking their heads and grimacing.
    • 2003, Food Tourism Around The World: Development, Management and Markets, edited by Colin Michael Hall and Liz Sharples
    • :According to some, new volunteers are becoming more difficult to recruit and there are dark suggestions that 'money is being made on the backs of the babas', the dedicated, but ageing ladies who still spend countless hours of their time preparing foodstuffs for the occasion.
      1. A father
    • 1849, Edward Bulwer Lytton, The Caxtons
    • :The first time I signed my exercise I wrote "Pisistratus Caxton" in my best round-hand. "And dey call your a scholar!" said the Doctor, contemptuously.
    • 1998, Mulan (movie)
    • :"The greatest gift and honor is having you for a daughter. I've missed you so." "I've missed you too, ."
    • 2002, Bend It Like Beckham (movie)
    • :Okay. Okay. Fine, . Let's just do it before something else goes wrong.
    • 2003, House of Sand and Fog (movie)
    • :"Do not be disrespectful, son. Look at me." "Baba, were you a Savaki?"
      1. (context, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism) A holy man, a spiritual leader
    • 1995, Hugh J.M. Johnston and Tara Singh Bains, The Four Quarters of the Night: The Life-Journey of an Emigrant Sikh
    • :While I was in Port Alberni, three babas came to Canada to raise money ...
    • 2004, Andrew Robinson, Satyajit Ray: The Inner Eye: The Biography of a Master Film-Maker
    • :But according to Ray, 'all the babas my uncle knew were genuine. None of them was exposed. They were fairly humble people, not show-offs like the Maharishi ...
    • 2006, Suraiya Faroqhi, Subjects Of The Sultan: Culture And Daily Life In The Ottoman Empire
    • :Most babas had little contact with written culture and are not therefore named in books and treatises.
      1. A baby, child
    • 1876, Sir George Otto Trevelyan, The Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay
    • :That is to say, if I do not take care, I shall go on calling my darling 'Baba' till she is as old as her mamma, and has a dozen Babas of her own.
    • 1904, Rudyard Kipling, Traffics and Discoveries
    • :For my child is dead--my is dead!
      1. In baby talk, often used for a variety of words beginning with "b", such as "bottle" or "blanket"
    • 2004, House (TV, episode 1.14)
    • :Oh, it's storytime! Let me get my .
babka Tweet Definition of babka Like Definition of babka on Facebook
  1. An Eastern European coffee cake flavored with orange rind, rum, almonds, and raisins
baby beef Tweet Definition of baby beef Like Definition of baby beef on Facebook
  1. grain-fed cattle (especially Aberdeen Angus) slaughtered while still relatively young
  2. the meat from such cattle
bacon Tweet Definition of bacon Like Definition of bacon on Facebook
  1. A cut of meat from the sides, belly or back a pig, particularly, or sometimes other animals.
  2. A thin slice of pork in a long strip that is fried to a crisp.
bagel Tweet Definition of bagel Like Definition of bagel on Facebook
  1. A toroidal bread roll that is boiled before it is baked.
baguette Tweet Definition of baguette Like Definition of baguette on Facebook
  1. a narrow, relatively long rectangular shape
  2. a gem cut in such a shape
  3. a variety of bread that is long and narrow in shape
baked beans Tweet Definition of baked beans Like Definition of baked beans on Facebook
  1. A food consisting of beans baked or stewed in a usually tomato-based sauce.
Baker Tweet Definition of Baker Like Definition of Baker on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English occupational surname from a baker, or owner of a communal oven
baking powder Tweet Definition of baking powder Like Definition of baking powder on Facebook
  1. a dry leavening agent used in baking; a mixture of baking soda, an acid (often cream of tartar) and starch to keep it dry; when wetted, carbon dioxide is released
baklava Tweet Definition of baklava Like Definition of baklava on Facebook
  • Baklava or baklawa is a popular sweet pastry found in many cuisines of the Middle East and the Balkans, made of chopped nuts layered with phyllo pastry. With its high sugar and fat content, it is very rich. Sprinkled with chopped walnuts and pistachio nuts and soaked in a solution of sugar or either lemon juice or honey and spices with rosewater.
    1. (defn, English)
banana split Tweet Definition of banana split Like Definition of banana split on Facebook
  1. A dessert or sundae containing a banana cut in half lengthwise (split), ice cream and various toppings which may include sauces, nuts or fruit.
bannock Tweet Definition of bannock Like Definition of bannock on Facebook
noun (bannocks)
  1. An unleavened bread made with oatmeal in Scotland, and with cornmeal or wheat flour in Canada, baked in a pan.
barbecue Tweet Definition of barbecue Like Definition of barbecue on Facebook
  1. A fireplace or pit for grilling food, typically used outdoors and traditionally employing hot charcoal as the heating medium.
verb (barbecu, ing)
  1. To cook food on a barbecue; to grill.
bard Tweet Definition of bard Like Definition of bard on Facebook
  1. A professional poet and singer, as among the ancient Celts, whose occupation was to compose and sing verses in honor of the heroic achievements of princes and brave men.
    • 1924: ARISTOTLE. Metaphysics. Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Available at: <>. Book 1, Part 2.
    • : But the divine power cannot be jealous (nay, according to the proverb, 'bards tell a lie'),
      1. Hence: A poet; as, the bard of Avon.
      2. (Armor) A piece of defensive (or, sometimes, ornamental) armor for a horse's neck, breast, and flanks; a barb. (Often in the plural.)
      3. (Armor) Defensive armor formerly worn by a man at arms.
      4. (Cookery) A thin slice of fat bacon used to cover any meat or game.
      5. The exterior covering of the trunk and branches of a tree; the rind.
      6. Specifically, Peruvian bark.
  1. (Armor) To cover a horse in defensive armor.
  • 1786: The defensive armor with which the horses of the ancient knights or man at arms, men at arms were covered, or, to use the language of the time, barded, consisted of the following pieces made either of metal or jacked leather, the Chamfron, Chamfrein or Shaffron, the Criniere or Main Facre, the Poitrenal, Poitral or Breast Plate, and the Croupiere or Buttock Piece. " Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 29.
    1. (Cookery) To cover (meat or game) with a thin slice of fat bacon.
baron Tweet Definition of baron Like Definition of baron on Facebook
  1. The male ruler of a barony.
basting Tweet Definition of basting Like Definition of basting on Facebook
  1. (1811) A beating.
  1. present participle of baste
batter Tweet Definition of batter Like Definition of batter on Facebook
  1. A beaten mixture of flour and liquid (usually egg and milk), used for baking (e.g. pancakes, cake, or yorkshire pudding) or to coat food (e.g. fish) prior to frying
To the dismay of his mother, the boy put his finger into the cake .
  1. The person who tries to hit the ball in a sport like baseball
The first hit the ball into the corner for a double.
  1. (cricket) A batsman. Used under the modern fashion for expunging gender from all words, but in fact women cricketers refer to themselves as batsmen (ie. it's already gender-neutral, see the batsman article).
  2. A binge, a heavy drinking session.
When he went on a , he became very violent.
  1. A slope.
Hydroseeding of unvegetated batters is planned.
  1. to hit or strike violently and repeatedly
  2. to coat with batter
bavarois Tweet Definition of bavarois Like Definition of bavarois on Facebook
  1. A fluffy pudding, served cold without sauce.
bay leaf Tweet Definition of bay leaf Like Definition of bay leaf on Facebook
noun (plural bay leaves)
  1. A herb derived from a shrub of the family Lauraceae.
BBQ Tweet Definition of BBQ Like Definition of BBQ on Facebook
  1. barbeque
bean curd Tweet Definition of bean curd Like Definition of bean curd on Facebook
  1. tofu
beaten Tweet Definition of beaten Like Definition of beaten on Facebook
  1. (past participle of, beat)
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  1. hit, knock.
beefburger Tweet Definition of beefburger Like Definition of beefburger on Facebook
noun (plural beefburgers)
  1. A hamburger.
beefsteak Tweet Definition of beefsteak Like Definition of beefsteak on Facebook
  1. A steak cut from beef cattle.
  2. The beefsteak plant, also known as perilla and shiso.
  3. A beefsteak tomato.
  4. A beefsteak mushroom.
  5. (archaic): A celebratory dinner, commonly held in New York between about 1870 and 1940 involving the consumption of enormous quantities of broiled steak and beer.
beef Wellington Tweet Definition of beef Wellington Like Definition of beef Wellington on Facebook
  1. a fillet of beef tenderloin steak, tenderloin coated with pí¢té de foie gras and a duxelles of mushrooms, wrapped in puff pastry and baked
beignet Tweet Definition of beignet Like Definition of beignet on Facebook
  1. A type of fried donut or fritter covered in powdered sugar.
We sat in a New Orleans cafe eating beignets and sipping cappuccino.
bel paese Tweet Definition of bel paese Like Definition of bel paese on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Bel Paese cheese)
  1. a soft, mild cheese in the form of small disks; produced from cow's milk, originally in Lombardy
bento Tweet Definition of bento Like Definition of bento on Facebook
  1. a Japanese takeaway lunch served in a lacquered box
Betty Tweet Definition of Betty Like Definition of Betty on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female),a diminutive form of Elizabeth; popular as a full name in early twentieth century, also in the form Betty Lou.
bialy Tweet Definition of bialy Like Definition of bialy on Facebook
  1. A flat bread roll topped with onion flakes
biffin Tweet Definition of biffin Like Definition of biffin on Facebook
  1. a deep-red cooking apple native to Britain.
bird Tweet Definition of bird Like Definition of bird on Facebook
noun (tearoom)
  1. The vulgar hand gesture in which the middle finger is extended.
    • 2003, The Beach House, James Patterson&mdash;Then she raised both hands above her shoulders and flipped him the bird with each one.
  1. To observe or identify wild birds in their natural environment.
biscuit Tweet Definition of biscuit Like Definition of biscuit on Facebook
  1. A cookie.
  2. A small bread usually made with baking soda, similar in texture to a scone, but usually not sweet.
  3. A form of unglazed earthenware.
  4. (context, nautical) The "bread" formerly supplied to naval ships; made with very little water, kneaded into flat cakes and slowly baked; often infested with weevils.
  5. (colour) A light brown colour.
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bisque Tweet Definition of bisque Like Definition of bisque on Facebook
  1. a thick creamy soup made from fish, shellfish, meat or vegetables
  2. (in certain sports) an extra turn, free point or some other advantage allowed
  3. (colour) a pale pinkish brown colour
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  1. (colour) of a pale pinkish brown colour
bittersweet Tweet Definition of bittersweet Like Definition of bittersweet on Facebook
  1. a vine, of the genus Celastrus, having small orange fruits that open to reveal red seeds
  2. the bittersweet nightshade, Solanum dulcamara
  1. both bitter and sweet
  2. expressing contrasting emotions of pain and pleasure
black Tweet Definition of black Like Definition of black on Facebook
  1. (colour) The colour/color perceived in the absence of light.
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  1. A black dye, pigment.
  2. A pen, pencil, crayon, etc., made of black pigment.
  3. (context, sometimes capitalised) A person of African descent.
  4. (context, billiards, snooker, pool) the black: The black ball.
  5. (baseball) The edge of home plate
  1. To make black, to blacken.
  1. (context, of an object) absorbing all light and reflecting none; dark and colourless.
  2. (context, of a place, etc) without light.
  3. (context, sometimes capitalized) Relating to persons of African descent or (especially in the US) their culture.
  4. (context, Ireland, idiomatic) Overcrowded.
  5. Bad; evil.
    • 1655, Benjamin Needler, Expository notes, with practical observations; towards the opening of the five first chapters of the first book of Moses called Genesis. London: N. Webb and W. Grantham, page 168.
    • : ...what a day would that be, when the Ordinances of Jesus Christ should as it were be excommunicated, and cast out of the Church of Christ.
      1. Illegitimate, illegal or disgraced.
    • 1866, The Contemporary Review, London: A. Strahan, page 338.
    • :Foodstuffs were rationed and, as in other countries in a similar situation, the black market was flourishing.
black pudding Tweet Definition of black pudding Like Definition of black pudding on Facebook
  1. A sausage, made from pork blood, oats and spices; eaten at breakfast and combined in starters and salads
black tea Tweet Definition of black tea Like Definition of black tea on Facebook
  1. tea, Tea leaves which have been "fermented" (actually, oxidized) before drying to enhance their flavour.
  2. (british) A cup of tea served without sugar or milk.
blanquette Tweet Definition of blanquette Like Definition of blanquette on Facebook
  1. A seafood or meat stew in white sauce.
blender Tweet Definition of blender Like Definition of blender on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, blender (device))
  1. mixer; a machine for mashing, crushing, mixing or liquefying food ingredients
blind Tweet Definition of blind Like Definition of blind on Facebook
  1. A covering for a window to keep out light. The covering may be made of cloth or of narrow slats that can block light or allow it to pass.
  2. Any device intended to conceal or hide; as, a duck blind.
  3. (baseball) (slang) An 1800s baseball term meaning no score.
  4. (poker) A forced bet
  5. (poker) A player who is or was forced to make a bet
  1. (transitive) To make temporarily or permanently blind.
The light was so bright that for a moment he was blinded.
Don't wave that pencil in my face - do you want to blind me?
adjective (blinder, blindest)
  1. (notcomparable) Of a person or animal, unable to see.
    • 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
    • : He was plainly , for he tapped before him with a stick, and wore a great green shade over his eyes and nose...
      1. (comparable) fail, Failing to see, acknowledge, perceive.
      The lovers were to each other"s faults.
      1. (notcomparable) Of a place, having little or no visibility; as, a blind corner.
      2. (notcomparable) close, Closed at one end; having a dead end; as, a blind hole, a blind alley.
      3. (notcomparable) Without opening; as, a blind wall.
  1. In three card brag, without looking at the cards dealt.
blini Tweet Definition of blini Like Definition of blini on Facebook
noun (blini)
  1. A small pancake, of Russian origin, made from buckwheat flour; traditionally served with melted butter, sour cream and caviar or smoked salmon
blintze Tweet Definition of blintze Like Definition of blintze on Facebook
  1. (alternative spelling of, blintz)
blood sausage Tweet Definition of blood sausage Like Definition of blood sausage on Facebook
  1. a cooked sausage out of meat (most often pork), blood and various other regional ingredients
bloom Tweet Definition of bloom Like Definition of bloom on Facebook
  1. A blossom; the flower of a plant; an expanded bud.
  2. Flowers, collectively.
  3. (uncountable) The opening of flowers in general; the state of blossoming or of having the flowers open.
The cherry trees are in bloom.
  1. A state or time of beauty, freshness, and vigor/vigour; an opening to higher perfection, analogous to that of buds into blossoms.
the bloom of youth
  1. The delicate, powdery coating upon certain growing or newly-gathered fruits or leaves, as on grapes, plums, etc.
  2. Anything giving an appearance of attractive freshness.
  3. The clouded appearance which varnish sometimes takes upon the surface of a picture.
  4. A yellowish deposit or powdery coating which appears on well-tanned leather. (Knight.)
  5. (mineralogy) A popular term for a bright-hued variety of some minerals.
the rose-red cobalt bloom
  1. A white area of cocoa butter that forms on the surface of chocolate when warmed and cooled.
boiler Tweet Definition of boiler Like Definition of boiler on Facebook
  1. An apparatus that generates heat (usually by burning fuel) and uses it to heat circulate, circulating water (or sometimes another liquid) in a closed system that is then used for space heating, swimming pool heating, or domestic hot water or industrial processes.
  2. Less commonly, a hot water heater.<!--
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  1. (approximate definition) A fuel burning apparatus in which water is heated to be used for space heating, swimming pool heating, domestic hot water or industrial processes. <br> (more precisely) An apparatus in which a heat source other than a hot liquid or steam (most commonly burning fuel, exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine or gas turbine, waste heat from a process, solar energy or electricity) is used to heat water (or rarely another liquid), normally in a closed recirculate, recirculating system under pressure for use as a heat source in calorifiers, heat exchangers or heat emitters, or less commonly (usage synonymous with hot water heater), with partial or no recirculation, for use directly as domestic hot water or process hot water.
  1. (approximate definition) A fuel burning apparatus in which water is boiled to produce steam for space heating, power generation, or industrial processes. <br> (more precisely) An apparatus in which a heat source other than a hot liquid or steam (most commonly burning fuel, exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine or gas turbine, waste heat from a process, solar energy or electricity) is used to boil water (or rarely another liquid), under pressure to provide steam (or other gas) for use as a heat source in calorifiers, heat exchangers or heat emitters, or for use directly for humidification, in an industrial process, or to power steam turbines.
  2. a kitchen vessel for steaming or boiling food
Bologna Tweet Definition of Bologna Like Definition of Bologna on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A province of Emilia-Romagna, Italy.
  2. A city, the capital of Bologna also of Emilia-Romagna.
bombe Tweet Definition of bombe Like Definition of bombe on Facebook
  1. a dessert made from ice cream frozen in a mold
  2. (computing) a device used in early cryptanalysis
bonbon Tweet Definition of bonbon Like Definition of bonbon on Facebook
noun (plural: bonbons)
  1. a sweet
borscht Tweet Definition of borscht Like Definition of borscht on Facebook
noun (uncountable)
  1. A beetroot/beet soup that can be served hot or cold, usually with sour cream.
boudin Tweet Definition of boudin Like Definition of boudin on Facebook
  1. A Cajun sausage originating in Southern Louisiana made from rice and ground pork and spices in sausage casing.
bouillon Tweet Definition of bouillon Like Definition of bouillon on Facebook
  1. A clear seasoned broth made by simmering beef or chicken.
bouquet garni Tweet Definition of bouquet garni Like Definition of bouquet garni on Facebook
noun (bouquets garnis)
  1. A mixture of herbs or dried herbs placed in a small bag, used as a flavouring for stews, soups and sauces.
bow tie Tweet Definition of bow tie Like Definition of bow tie on Facebook
  1. alternative spelling of bowtie
braise Tweet Definition of braise Like Definition of braise on Facebook
  1. (alternative spelling of, braize)
  1. A method of joining non-ferrous metal using a molten filler metal. Similar to solder
  2. to solder, soldering but distinct from welding in that the filler is melted but not the metal being joined.
    (wikipedia, brazing)
verb (brais, ed)
  1. (cooking)A method of cooking in a small amount of liquid, in a covered pan. Somewhere between steaming and boiling. category:Cooking
bratwurst Tweet Definition of bratwurst Like Definition of bratwurst on Facebook
  1. A small pork sausage, usually served fried.
Yesterday there was for dinner.
verb (rfv-sense)
to bratwurst (bratwursting, bratwursted)
  1. (slang) To use a tactic in a w:Capture the Flag, Capture the Flag first-person shooter game, in which all or most players defend (or "camp") the flag once they have captured, and thus don't need to capture again. Generally frowned upon.
They were bratwursting ever since they scored at the start of the game.
Braunschweiger Tweet Definition of Braunschweiger Like Definition of Braunschweiger on Facebook
  1. (often uncapitalized) A kind of sausage; liverwurst
  1. Pertaining to Braunschweig, in Germany.
  2. Pertaining to a style of sausage.
brazier Tweet Definition of brazier Like Definition of brazier on Facebook
  1. An upright standing or hanging metal bowl used for holding burning coal for a source of light or heat.
  2. A worker in brass.
bread Tweet Definition of bread Like Definition of bread on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) A foodstuff made by bake, baking dough made from cereals
  2. (countable) Any variety of bread.
  3. (slang) money, Money.
  1. (transitive) To coat with breadcrumbs.
breadboard Tweet Definition of breadboard Like Definition of breadboard on Facebook
  1. A cutting board, especially for cutting bread.
  2. A pull-out cutting board underneath a counter, found in many kitchens.
  3. A reusable solderless device used to build a (usually temporary) prototype of an electronic circuit and for experimenting with circuit designs.
breadcrumb Tweet Definition of breadcrumb Like Definition of breadcrumb on Facebook
  1. (used mainly in the plural) a tiny piece of bread, either one that falls from bread as it is cut or eaten, or one made deliberately by crumbling bread
  2. (internet) (in plural) a trail of hyperlinks that lead consecutively to the current page, displayed in the page as a guide and a means of navigate, navigating easily to any of the pages in the trail
brew Tweet Definition of brew Like Definition of brew on Facebook
  1. The mixture formed by brewing; that which is brewed; a brewage.
  2. (Commonwealth English) A cup of tea.
  3. (Commonwealth English) The act of making a cup of tea.
  4. (context, UK, colloquial) A hill.
  1. (context, transitive, obsolete) To boil or seethe; to cook.
  2. (context, transitive, Commonwealth English) To prepare a teapot of tea.
  3. (context, transitive, Commonwealth English) To put the kettle on for a cup of tea.
  4. (context, transitive, Commonwealth English) To prepare, as beer or other liquor (or even ginger beer, shandy), from malt and hops, or from other materials, by steeping, boiling, and fermentation.
    • w:William Shakespeare, William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, act III, scene I
      : She brews good ale.
      1. (transitive) To prepare by steeping and mingling; to concoct.
    • w:William Shakespeare, William Shakespeare
      : Go, me a pottle of sack finely.
      1. (transitive) To foment or prepare, as by brewing; to contrive; to plot; to concoct; to hatch; as, to brew mischief.
    • w:John Milton, John Milton
      : Hence with thy brewed enchantments, foul deceiver!
      1. (intransitive) To attend to the business, or go through the processes, of brewing or making beer.
    • w:William Shakespeare, William Shakespeare
      : I wash, wring, , bake, scour.
      1. (intransitive) To be in a state of preparation; to be mixing, forming, orgathering; as, a storm brews in the west.
    • w:William Shakespeare, William Shakespeare
      : There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest.
brioche Tweet Definition of brioche Like Definition of brioche on Facebook
  1. croissant, bun
brochette Tweet Definition of brochette Like Definition of brochette on Facebook
  1. small skewer or spit on which small pieces of meat, fish or vegetables are roasted or broiled
  2. food cooked on such a device
broil Tweet Definition of broil Like Definition of broil on Facebook
  1. food prepared by broiling
  1. (transitive) to cook by direct, radiant heat
  2. (transitive) to expose to great heat
  3. (intransitive) to be exposed to great heat =
broth Tweet Definition of broth Like Definition of broth on Facebook
noun (countable and uncountable; plural broths)
  1. (uncountable) Water in which food (meat or vegetable etc) has been boiled.
  2. (countable) A soup made from broth and other ingredients such as vegetables, herbs or diced meat.
brown bread Tweet Definition of brown bread Like Definition of brown bread on Facebook
  1. bread, Bread with a brown colour as distinct from white bread, wholemeal, granary or other specific types of bread.
adjective (pos= brown bread, -)
  1. (idiom, CRS) dead
Brownie Tweet Definition of Brownie Like Definition of Brownie on Facebook
  1. (context, Britain, Canada) A junior Girl Guide
  2. (context, US) A junior Girl Scout.
  3. (dated) A formerly popular type of box camera made by Kodak.
brown sauce Tweet Definition of brown sauce Like Definition of brown sauce on Facebook
  1. (British) A sauce made by the addition of stock to a heated and browned mixture of butter and flour.
  2. (British) Any of many brands of bottled sauce based on malt vinegar, fruit and spices; see, for example, w:HP Sauce, HP Sauce.
brown sugar Tweet Definition of brown sugar Like Definition of brown sugar on Facebook
  1. Sugar which has been only partially refined and still contains molasses.
  2. Refined sugar to which molasses has been added.
buffet Tweet Definition of buffet Like Definition of buffet on Facebook
  1. A counter or sideboard from which food and drink are served or may be bought.
  2. Food laid out in this way, to which diners serve themselves.
bully Tweet Definition of bully Like Definition of bully on Facebook
noun (bullies, -)
  1. A person who is cruel to others, especially those who are weaker or have less power.
  2. A hired thug.
  3. A prostitute's minder; a pimp.
  4. (uncountable) bully beef, Bully beef.
  5. (context, Sri Lanka, slang) The penis.
verb (bull, i, ed)
  1. (transitive) To intimidate (someone) as a bully.
  2. (transitive) To act aggressively towards.
  1. Very good; excellent.
bully beef Tweet Definition of bully beef Like Definition of bully beef on Facebook
noun (uncountable)
  1. Picked or canned beef.
bun Tweet Definition of bun Like Definition of bun on Facebook
noun (plural: buns)
  1. A small bread roll, oftened sweetened or spiced.
  2. A tight roll of hair worn at the back of the head.
  3. (slang), : A drunken spree.
  4. (slang) (plural): The buttocks.
  5. (Internet): A n00b.
burger Tweet Definition of burger Like Definition of burger on Facebook
  1. a hamburger or similar sandwich
burgoo Tweet Definition of burgoo Like Definition of burgoo on Facebook
  1. (nautical) a seafaring dish from the days of sail; a sort of porridge seasoned with sugar, salt and butter
Burgundy Tweet Definition of Burgundy Like Definition of Burgundy on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A region of France.
  2. (also Burgundy wine) A variety of red wine from this region.
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  1. a Mexican dish consisting of a flour tortilla wrapped around a filling of meat and/or beans, cheese etc.
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  1. The rear end of an animal or human; rear end.
  2. (slang) The buttocks; used as a euphemism, less objectionable than arse/[[ass
    • Get up off your and get to work.
      1. (slang) Body; self.
    • Get your to the car.
    • We can't chat today. I have to get my to work before I'm late.
      1. The larger or thicker end of anything; the blunt end, in distinction from the sharp end; as, the butt of a rifle. Formerly also spelled but.
      2. A limit; a bound; a goal; the extreme bound; the end.
    • 1604, William Shakespeare, Othello, Act V, Scene II, line 267.
    • :Here is my journey's end, here is my / And very sea-mark of my utmost sail.
      1. A mark to be shot at; a target.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act I, Scene II, line 186.
    • :To which is fixed, as an aim or ...
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 37.
    • :The inhabitants of all cities and towns were ordered to make butts, and to keep them in repair, under a penalty of twenty shillings per month, and to exercise themselves in shooting at them on holidays.
      1. A piece of land left unplowed at the end of a field.
      2. A person at whom ridicule, jest, or contempt is directed; as, the butt of the company.
      3. A push, thrust, or sudden blow, given by the head of an animal; as, the butt of a ram.
      4. A thrust in fencing.
      5. (lacrosse) The plastic or rubber cap used to cover the open end of a lacrosse stick's shaft in order to prevent injury.
      6. The portion of a half-coupling fastened to the end of a hose.
      7. The end of a connecting rod or other like piece, to which the boxing is attached by the strap, cotter, and gib.
      8. (context, mechanical) A joint where the ends of two objects come squarely together without scarfing or chamfering; " also called a butt joint.
      9. (context, carpentry) A kind of hinge used in hanging doors, etc.; so named because fastened on the edge of the door, which butts against the casing, instead of on its face, like the strap hinge; also called butt hinge.
      10. (context, shipbuilding) The joint where two planks in a strake meet.
      11. (context, leather trades) The thickest and stoutest part of tanned oxhides, used for soles of boots, harness, trunks.
      12. The hut or shelter of the person who attends to the targets in rifle practice.
      13. (context, English units) An English measure of capacity for liquids, containing 126 wine gallon]s; [[equivalent to the pipe.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, p. 205.
    • : Again, by 28 Hen. VIII, cap. 14, it is re-enacted that the tun of wine should contain 252 gallons, a of Malmsey 126 gallons, a pipe 126 gallons, a tercian or puncheon 84 gallons, a hogshead 63 gallons, a tierce 41 gallons, a barrel 31.5 gallons, a rundlet 18.5 gallons. "
      1. A wooden cask for storing wine, usually containing 126 gallons.
    • 1611, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act II, Scene II, line 121.
    • : ...I escap'd upon a of sack which the sailors heav'd o'erboard...
verb (butts, butting, butted, butted)
  1. To strike bluntly, particularly with the head.
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noun (-, pl2=butters)
  1. (uncountable) A soft, fatty foodstuff made by churning the cream of milk (generally cow's milk).
  2. (countable) (obsolete) (chemistry) Any specific soft substance
  3. (uncountable) Any of various foodstuffs made from other foods or oils, similar in consistency to, eaten like or intended as a substitute for butter (preceded by the name of the food used to make it).
peanut butter
  1. (transitive) To spread butter on.
Butter the toast.
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  1. A type of turkey
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noun (butterflies)
  1. (insect) A flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, distinguished from moths by their diurnal activity and generally brighter colouring.
  2. A swimming stroke in which the body is prone, the arms are moved in simultaneous circles, and the feet are kicked up and down.
  3. A use of surgical tape, cut into thin strips and placed across an open wound to hold it closed.
verb (butterfl, i, ed)
  1. To cut almost entirely in half and spread the halves apart, in a shape suggesting the wings of a butterfly.
butterflied shrimp
  1. To cut strips of surgical tape or plasters into thin strips, and place across a gaping wound to close it.
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  1. The liquid left over after producing butter from full cream milk by the churning process.
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  1. a hard candy made from butter, brown sugar, syrup and vanilla
  2. (colour) a light brown colour, like that of butterscotch candy.
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  1. (colour) of a light brown colour, like that of butterscotch candy.
  2. having the flavour of butterscotch

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