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Etymology

Old French toster (to roast, to grill) < Latin tostus (grilled, burnt, from verb torrere (to burn, to grill))

The salutation originally referred to the beautiful or popular woman whose health was proposed and drunk, from the use of spiced toast to flavor drink, regarding her as figuratively adding piquancy to the wine in which her health was drunk

Noun

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Singular
toast

Plural
-

toast (-)
  1. Toasted bread.
    I ate a piece of toast for breakfast.
  2. (slang) Something that will be no more; something subject to impending destruction, harm or injury.
    If I ever get my hands on the guy that stole my wallet, he’s toast!
  3. A proposed salutation (e.g. to say "cheers") while drinking alcohol.
    At the reception, there were many toasts from the well-wishers.
  4. (Jamaican and U.S. black slang) extemporaneous narrative poem or rap

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Verb

Infinitive
to toast

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to toast (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To lightly cook by browning via direct exposure to a fire or other heat source.
    We liked to toast marshmallows around the campfire.
  2. To grill, lightly cook by browning specifically under a grill or in a toaster
    Top with cheese and toast under the grill for a few minutes.
  1. To engage in a salutation and/or accompanying raising of glasses while drinking alcohol in honor of someone or something.
    We toasted the happy couple many times over the course of the evening.

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Related terms

the salutation

the food

References

  • "toast" in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001

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