A staple food made from flour or meal mixed with other dry and liquid ingredients, usually combined with a leavening agent, and kneaded, shaped into loaves, and baked. Food in general, regarded as necessary for sustaining life: "If bread is the first necessity of life, recreation is a close second\u201d ( Edward Bellamy). Something that nourishes; sustenance: "My bread shall be the anguish of my mind\u201d ( Edmund Spenser). Means of support; livelihood: earn one's bread. Slang Money. To coat with bread crumbs, as before cooking: breaded the fish fillets.