Definition of breadcrumb in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbredˌkrəm/


(usually breadcrumbs)
1A small fragment of bread.
Example sentences
  • Meanwhile heat the oil in a frying pan, add the garlic and breadcrumbs and cook, stirring all the time, until golden.
  • Now drain the pasta and toss it with the warm garlic breadcrumbs, the grilled sardines, the sliced oranges and the chopped parsley.
  • In a bowl, mix fennel puree and breadcrumbs; season with salt and pepper to taste.
2 (breadcrumbs or breadcrumb trail) A series of connected pieces of information or evidence: federal agents stood by in the hope that the trail of breadcrumbs would lead to a Mexican drug cartel you have to be careful about the digital breadcrumbs that you are leaving behind
From the traditional story of Hansel and Gretel, who leave a trail of breadcrumbs behind them as they walk through a forest, intending to use them in order to retrace their steps
More example sentences
  • Has Freddy managed to steal his employer's information without leaving a trail of breadcrumbs?
  • With this final volume, the reader realizes that small incidents and asides in earlier installments create a breadcrumb trail of clues.
  • The film doesn't really offer you breadcrumbs or any real way to guess at the truth - until it is offered as a matter of fact.
2.1A hierarchical series of hyperlinks displayed at the top of a web page, indicating the page’s position in the overall structure of the website: check to make sure that your site has good internal linking and consider adding breadcrumbs for breadcrumb trails, a smaller pixel size of 9 to 11 is good
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  • These breadcrumbs indicate your location in the website's navigational hierarchy.
  • Breadcrumbs are usually located at the top left of the page just under the header.
  • Breadcrumbs are both links and a graphical representation of where you are in the site.



Example sentences
  • But there's something about Coe's descriptions of ‘panfried sea bass fillet with courgettes, fennel and sauce verge’ that makes me pine for the finest fish fingers Cap'n Bird's Eye ever plucked, already breadcrumbed, from the ocean.
  • So when your average Annika or Olof goes shopping, their idea of a decent snack is sweet-cured herring with some Arctic flatbread or a bowl of green lentil and ham soup, not a pile of chips and breadcrumbed pet food nuggets.
  • And it wasn't fried within the meaning of the act - it was breadcrumbed.

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Syllabification: bread·crumb

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