Toasthas several different meanings. It may refer to a piece of bread, slightly browned and crisp, that is usually eaten for breakfast, or the action of cooking bread or other food to brown it. It may also refer to a proposal to drink (or the action of drinking) in honor of somebody or something, like at a wedding reception or a dinner party.
Would you like a slice of toast with your eggs?
Mary is only 5 years old but knows how to toast bread for her little brother.
Diego proposed atoastto his parents at their anniversary party.
The employees raised their glasses and toasted to the company's success.
Words often used with toast
be toast: A slang expression, meaning that someone is in trouble or will face serious consequences. Example: "If you break Mom's antique vase, you're toast!"
French toast: Bread soaked in egg and then fried. In other countries, a similar dish is eaten as a dessert, but in the US this is a breakfast food, often served with maple syrup and butter, and sometimes even whipped cream. This can be called "eggy bread" in the UK.
toast of the town: A figurative expression that means that someone is celebrated in the community for an accomplishment. "Gemma has been the toast of the town since she raised $100,000 to renovate the animal shelter."
In the browned bread sense, toast is uncountable, so instead of asking for two toasts you should ask for two slices (or pieces) of toast. Check out the full definition to find out more!
In some countries, like Austria, Germany, and Greece, the word toast is used for a grilled cheese sandwich and not a single toasted slice of bread.
In the 17th century, it was customary to put pieces of spiced toast in wine or ale. When people drank to the health of someone, usually a lady, it meant that she gave flavor to the drink, just like the spiced toast.
Toast first appeared in Middle English between 1350 and 1400, as "to(o)sten," with the meaning "to roast bread." The word comes from the Old French "toster," which in turn comes from the Latin "tostus," meaning "to parch or dry." By the 15th century, it was commonly used as a noun as well. The other meaning of "toast," to drink to someone's health, first appeared in the 17th century.