toast

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v toast make brown and crisp by heating "toast bread","crisp potatoes"
    • v toast propose a toast to "Let us toast the birthday girl!","Let's drink to the New Year"
    • n toast slices of bread that have been toasted
    • n toast a drink in honor of or to the health of a person or event
    • n toast a person in desperate straits; someone doomed "I'm a goner if this plan doesn't work","one mistake and you're toast"
    • n toast a celebrity who receives much acclaim and attention "he was the toast of the town"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A piece of French toast that was partially eaten by Justin Timberlake sold on eBay
    • Toast A lady in honor of whom persons or a company are invited to drink; -- so called because toasts were formerly put into the liquor, as a great delicacy. "It now came to the time of Mr. Jones to give a toast . . . who could not refrain from mentioning his dear Sophia."
    • Toast Bread dried and browned before a fire, usually in slices; also, a kind of food prepared by putting slices of toasted bread into milk, gravy, etc. "My sober evening let the tankard bless,
      With toast embrowned, and fragrant nutmeg fraught."
    • Toast Hence, any person, especially a person of distinction, in honor of whom a health is drunk; hence, also, anything so commemorated; a sentiment, as “The land we live in,” “The day we celebrate,” etc.
    • Toast To dry and brown by the heat of a fire; as, to toast bread.
    • Toast To name when a health is proposed to be drunk; to drink to the health, or in honor, of; as, to toast a lady.
    • Toast To warm thoroughly; as, to toast the feet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1983, a Japanese artist, Tadahiko Ogawa, made a copy of the Mona Lisa completely out of ordinary toast
    • n toast Bread in slices superficially browned by the fire; a slice of bread so browned.
    • toast To brown by the heat of a fire: as, to toast bread or bacon.
    • toast To warm thoroughly: as, to toast one's feet.
    • toast To brown with heat.
    • toast To warm one's self thoroughly at a fire.
    • n toast A person whose health is drunk, or who is named as the person to whom others are requested to drink; especially, a woman who is the reigning belle of the season, or in some other way is specially indicated as a person often toasted; also, anything, as a political cause, the memory of a person, etc., to which a company is requested to drink.
    • n toast A call on another or others to drink to the health of some person named, or to the prosperity of some cause, etc,: often accompanied by a sentiment or motto; also, the act of thus drinking.
    • n toast One who drinks to excess; a soaker.
    • toast To drink as a toast; drink to the health of; wish success or prosperity to in drinking; also, to designate as the person or subject to whom or to which other persons are requested to drink; propose the health of.
    • toast To drink a toast or toasts; also, to propose a toast or toasts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Melba toast is named after an Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba
    • v.t Toast tōst to dry and scorch at the fire: to name when a health is drunk: to drink to the health of
    • v.i Toast to drink toasts
    • n Toast bread toasted: a slice of such dipped in liquor: the person or thing named whose health is to be drunk
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Quotations

  • Dick Martin
    Dick Martin
    “I belong to Bridegrooms Anonymous. Whenever I feel like getting married, they send over a lady in a housecoat and hair curlers to burn my toast for me.”
  • Helen Rowland
    Helen%20Rowland
    “Wedding: the point at which a man stops toasting a woman and begins roasting her.”
  • Wedding Toast
    Wedding Toast
    “Here's a toast to your new bride who has everything a girl could want in her life, except for good taste in men!”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    Ernest%20Hemingway
    “This wine is too good for toast-drinking, my dear. You don't want to mix emotions up with a wine like that. You lose the taste.”

Idioms

You're toast - If someone tells you that you are toast, you are in a lot of trouble.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. toster, to roast, toast, fr. L. torrere, tostum, to parch, roast. See Torrid

Usage

In literature:

At public dinners this toast is habitually placed last on the list.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z" by Various
Serve on buttered toast or crackers.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
We toasted each other.
"Tenting To-night" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Two pieces toast, 2-1/2" x 4", 1/4" thick.
"How to Eat" by Thomas Clark Hinkle
Boil kale, mix with a good cream sauce and serve on small squares of toast.
"Vaughan's Vegetable Cook Book (4th edition)" by Anonymous
My heart will be well toasted, and excellently tasted.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in two volumes, Vol. 1" by Edward FitzGerald
Bread may be dried in the oven before toasting.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
In the older child, if grains are used, they should be well toasted or baked.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
Little Alice Waite was toasting the cast.
"Betty Wales Senior" by Margaret Warde
Toasting brings about ease of digestion rather than increased completeness of the process.
"Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value" by Harry Snyder
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In poetry:

What has she better, pray, than I?
What hidden charms to boast,
That all mankind for her should die,
Whilst I am scarce a toast?
"The Female Phaeton" by Matthew Prior
Shun one too fair, too warm, too free,
Or she'll a bosom-serpent be:
For 'tis a chance that any find,
In a fam'd Toast, a modest mind.
"Advice To A Young Man, Before He Goes A Courting" by Rees Prichard
“He who would marry, my little page,
I pray he may drink with me,
* To the old true love he has forgot,'
And this must his toasting be."
"The Woman Who Went To Hell [An Irish Legend]" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
You Know I never loved you, John;
No fault of mine made me your toast:
Why will you haunt me with a face as wan
As shows an hour-old ghost?
"No, Thank You John" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
And holding it on high,
I'd toast that heroine,
Who hath beaten her foes so gallantly—
Triumphant Caroline,
My boys!
Triumphant Caroline.
"The Queen's Triumph" by Samuel Bamford
And so, farewell, thou bitter, bitter ghost!
When morning comes the shadows fly;
Before we part, I give this merry toast,—
The dead that do not die!
"The House" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard

In news:

Stradley Ronon Chairman Bill Sasso kicked off the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia's 60th Anniversary event with a toast to guest speaker, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Puff pastry1/2 lemon, freshGarlic toast.
A toast to the North Texas wine trail.
At first, Blair's mission on last night's Gossip Girl seemed simple: She was going undermine Vanessa, who had been asked to perform a toast at a school-sponsored dinner for a group of parents.
Things to Which You Should Toast.
Writer's Faubourg Marigny apartment is a toast to Champagne.
Sitting out on the patio of La Fendee Mediterranean Grill under blue skies on a 70-degree January afternoon, we toasted the perfect weather with iced tea.
New Year's Eve' Toasts a First Place Finish.
Here's a toast to Maryland's origins as 'The Free State '.
Toasting to our good nature .
Toasting to our good nature.
But then I was toast.
I'd ordered the black-bean-and-cheese "Tex-Mex omelet" for breakfast, and it came with a side of toast.
0 Savory stuffed French toast ( Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times ).
For toasting the New Year there's nothing like Champagne.
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