What is toast?

  • (noun): A person in desperate straits; someone doomed.
    Example: "One mistake and you're toast"
    Synonyms: goner
    See also — Additional definitions below


Toast is bread that has been browned by exposure to radiant heat. This browning is the result of a Maillard reaction. Toasting warms the bread and makes it firmer, so it holds toppings more securely. Toasting is a common method of making stale bread more palatable.

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Toast - Cultural References
... Streetband released the novelty song Toast in 1978 ... The band attempted to use toast as an instrument, with the sound of toast being scraped used later in the track ... Buttered toast is commonly featured in humour in the context of it tendency, when dropped, to land with the buttered side to the floor (the least desirable outcome) ...
Milk And Toast And Honey - Track Listing
... "Milk and Toast and Honey" "Milk and Toast and Honey" "Milk and Toast and Honey" "Milk and Toast and Honey" "Real Sugar" ...
Loyal Toast - Sweden
... On formal occasions in Sweden, such as the Nobel Prize banquet, the first toast is usually the toast to the sovereign ... It is simply "Hans Majestät Konungens skål" ("The toast of His Majesty the King") ... The first toast in wardrooms and officer's messes during formal dinners is also proposed to the King ...
... A toast is a ritual in which a drink is taken as an expression of honor or goodwill ... Thus, a person could be "the toast of the evening," for whom someone "proposes a toast" to congratulate and for whom a third person "toasts" in agreement ... The toast as described here is rooted in Western culture, but certain cultures outside that sphere have their own traditions in which consuming a drink is connected with ...
Loyal Toast
... A loyal toast is a salute given to the head of state of the country in which a formal gathering is being given, or by expatriates of that country, whether or not the ... The toast is usually initiated and recited by the host before being repeated by the assembled guests in unison the composition varying between regions ...

More definitions of "toast":

  • (noun): A celebrity who receives much accalim and attention.
    Example: "He was the toast of the town"
  • (verb): Make brown and crisp by heating.
    Example: "Toast bread"
    Synonyms: crisp
  • (noun): Slices of bread that have been toasted.
  • (noun): A drink in honor of or to the health of a person or event.
    Synonyms: pledge

Famous quotes containing the word toast:

    For let ‘em be clumsy, or let ‘em be slim,
    Young or ancient, I care not a feather;
    So fill a pint bumper quite up to the brim,
    And let us e’en toast them together.
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816)

    I was the toast of two continents: Greenland and Australia.
    Dorothy Parker (1893–1967)

    You make a toast for tomorrow
    and smash the cup,
    letting your false women lap the dish I had to fatten up.
    Anne Sexton (1928–1974)