[jin-jer-bred] /ˈdʒɪn dʒərˌbrɛd/
a type of cake flavored with ginger and molasses.
a rolled cookie similarly flavored, often cut in fanciful shapes, and sometimes frosted.
elaborate, gaudy, or superfluous architectural ornamentation:
a series of gables embellished with gingerbread.
heavily, gaudily, and superfluously ornamented:
a gingerbread style of architecture.
a moist brown cake, flavoured with ginger and treacle or syrup
late 13c., gingerbrar, from Old French ginginbrat “ginger preserve,” from Medieval Latin gingimbratus “gingered,” from gingiber (see ginger). The ending changed by folk etymology to -brede “bread,” a formation attested by mid-14c. Originally “preserved ginger,” the meaning “a kind of spiced cake” is from 15c. Figurative use, “showy, insubstantial” is from c.1600. Sense of “fussy decoration on a house” is first recorded 1757; gingerbread-work (1748) was a sailor’s term for carved decoration on a ship.
: the gingerbread stacks of the old river steamers
noun 1. .
noun 1. a tree, Neocarya macrophylla, of western Africa, bearing a large, edible, starchy fruit.
- Gingerbread tree
noun 1. a W African tree, Parinari macrophyllum, with large mealy edible fruits (gingerbread plums): family Chrysobalanaceae
noun 1. the plant family Zingiberaceae, characterized by tropical, often aromatic herbaceous plants having rhizomes, long sheathing leaves, and clusters of tubular flowers, and including cardamon, ginger, and turmeric.