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baba Tweet Definition of baba Like Definition of baba on Facebook
noun
  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
noun
  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
noun
  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
noun
  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
noun
  1. A toroidal bread roll that is boiled before it is baked.
baguette Tweet Definition of baguette Like Definition of baguette on Facebook
noun
  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
noun
  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
noun
  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
noun
  • 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
noun
  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
noun
  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
noun
  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: <http://www.classicallibrary.org/aristotle/metaphysics/>. 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.
verb
  1. (Armor) To cover a horse in defensive armor.
Quotations
  • 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
noun
  1. The male ruler of a barony.
basting Tweet Definition of basting Like Definition of basting on Facebook
noun
  1. (1811) A beating.
verb
  1. present participle of baste
batter Tweet Definition of batter Like Definition of batter on Facebook
noun
  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.
verb
  1. to hit or strike violently and repeatedly
  2. to coat with batter
bavarois Tweet Definition of bavarois Like Definition of bavarois on Facebook
noun
  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
initialism
  1. barbeque
bean curd Tweet Definition of bean curd Like Definition of bean curd on Facebook
noun
  1. tofu
beaten Tweet Definition of beaten Like Definition of beaten on Facebook
verb
  1. (past participle of, beat)
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  1. hit, knock.
beefburger Tweet Definition of beefburger Like Definition of beefburger on Facebook
noun (pluralbeefburgers)
  1. A hamburger.
beefsteak Tweet Definition of beefsteak Like Definition of beefsteak on Facebook
noun
  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
noun
  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
noun
  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
noun
  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
noun
  1. A flat bread roll topped with onion flakes
biffin Tweet Definition of biffin Like Definition of biffin on Facebook
noun
  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.
verb
  1. To observe or identify wild birds in their natural environment.
biscuit Tweet Definition of biscuit Like Definition of biscuit on Facebook
noun
  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
noun
  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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adjective
  1. (colour) of a pale pinkish brown colour
bittersweet Tweet Definition of bittersweet Like Definition of bittersweet on Facebook
noun
  1. a vine, of the genus Celastrus, having small orange fruits that open to reveal red seeds
  2. the bittersweet nightshade, Solanum dulcamara
adjective
  1. both bitter and sweet
  2. expressing contrasting emotions of pain and pleasure
black Tweet Definition of black Like Definition of black on Facebook
noun
  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
verb
  1. To make black, to blacken.
adjective
  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
noun
  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
noun
  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
noun
  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
noun
  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
verb
  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.
adverb
  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
noun
  1. (alternative spelling of, blintz)
blood sausage Tweet Definition of blood sausage Like Definition of blood sausage on Facebook
noun
  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
noun
  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
noun
  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.
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  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
noun
  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
noun
  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
noun
  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
noun
  1. alternative spelling of bowtie
braise Tweet Definition of braise Like Definition of braise on Facebook
noun
  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
noun
  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
noun
  1. (often uncapitalized) A kind of sausage; liverwurst
adjective
  1. Pertaining to Braunschweig, in Germany.
  2. Pertaining to a style of sausage.
brazier Tweet Definition of brazier Like Definition of brazier on Facebook
noun
  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
noun
  1. (uncountable) A foodstuff made by bake, baking dough made from cereals
  2. (countable) Any variety of bread.
  3. (slang) money, Money.