first meal eaten in the early morning

Breakfast is the first meal of the day. It is usually eaten in the morning. The word comes from two other words; "break" ("end") and fast ("not eating for a long time").

An American breakfast
Light Breakfast at home
English breakfast
Fruit breakfast
Homemade Breakfast

Definition: [1463] from break (v.) + fast (n.). Cf. Fr. déjeuner "to breakfast," from L. dis-jejunare "to break the fast."

People around the world eat different things for breakfast:

  • In the United Kingdom a large breakfast was often, and still is sometimes, served. Usually this would be bread, tea, egg, bacon, ham, fruits, baked beans on toast and sometimes vegetables. This pattern of heavy eating has greatly changed in recent years. Most people do not do manual work nowadays.[1]
  • In France, people usually eat a very light meal; often bread and coffee with milk. Again, this depends on what kind of work is done (usually by the father of the household).
  • In Asia, most people eat rice instead of bread. They also sometimes eat porridge.

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  1. Alan Davidson and Tom Jaine 2006. The Oxford companion to food. Oxford University Press.

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