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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [bred and buht-er]
    • /brɛd ænd ˈbʌt ər/
    • /bred ənd ˈbʌtə(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [bred and buht-er]
    • /brɛd ænd ˈbʌt ər/

Definitions of bread-and-butter word

  • adjective bread-and-butter providing a livelihood or basic source of income; supplying the basic needs of life: a bread-and-butter job; the agency's bread-and-butter account. 1
  • adjective bread-and-butter of or relating to basic needs: housing and other bread-and-butter political issues. 1
  • adjective bread-and-butter basic or everyday; staple; routine. 1
  • adjective bread-and-butter expressing thanks for hospitality: a bread-and-butter letter. 1
  • noun bread-and-butter bread spread with butter. 1
  • noun bread-and-butter a basic means of support; source of livelihood; sustenance: The automobile industry is the bread and butter of many Detroiters. 1

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Origin of bread-and-butter

First appearance:

before 1720
One of the 49% newest English words
First recorded in 1720-30; adj. use of noun phrase bread and butter

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Parts of speech for Bread-and-butter


bread-and-butter popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 27% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

Synonyms for bread-and-butter

adj bread-and-butter

  • fiscal — of or relating to the public treasury or revenues: fiscal policies.
  • industrial — of, pertaining to, of the nature of, or resulting from industry: industrial production; industrial waste.
  • commercial — Commercial means involving or relating to the buying and selling of goods.
  • monetary — of or relating to the coinage or currency of a country.
  • material — the substance or substances of which a thing is made or composed: Stone is a durable material.

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