Definition of bun in English:


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Pronunciation: /bʌn


  • 1A small cake, typically containing dried fruit: a currant bun
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    • Good Friday is celebrated with a traditional breakfast of codfish cakes and hot-cross buns.
    • Imagine children having tea, inevitably squabbling over the buns, teacakes, muffins and - this being a British expression - crumpets.
    • There were sack races, a tea in the marquee with cakes, buns and sandwiches for 200, and a lad who won the prize for his branch-covered fancy dress of Boots.
  • 1.1A bread roll.
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    • They all indulged in the delicious Bar-b-cue food of sausages, burgers on buns and hot dog rolls.
    • Ring the changes with pitta bread or sesame buns, instead of the usual sliced bread.
    • Serve on whole-wheat buns or Kaiser rolls, or spread on top of rice.
  • 1.2(In Scotland and Jamaica) a rich fruit cake or currant bread.
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    • Their patties, Jamaican hard-dough bread, buns, and cakes were a hit; within four years the family had opened stores in New Jersey and Connecticut.
    • Scottish baking is superb, apart from the obvious shortbread; pies, scones, buns, fruit cake.
    • They can also be shredded into scones or bread to add a gorgeous yellow colour, or added to savoury tarts, sweet buns or sponge puddings.
  • 2A hairstyle in which the hair is drawn back into a tight coil at the back of the head.
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    • If local women venture onto the dusty streets at all, they sport ankle-length dresses, buttoned-up blouses and 1930s hairstyles with buns and pompadours.
    • Smiling, she tidied up her hair into a tight bun, with a thin, wooden chopstick going through it.
    • I quickly pulled my hair into a tight bun, not wanting to bother with a swim cap.
  • 3 (buns) North American informal A person’s buttocks.
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    • It takes a very secure individual to call their buttocks, buns.
    • The only reason, he adds, that I don't have women walking by me and with a sexy glance saying, "Nice Buns", and smiling knowingly, is because I do not use the Bowflexor.
    • Tight, toned and shapely buns and thighs can be yours with this energetic new yoga program.


have a bun in the oven

informal Be pregnant.
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  • Which Big Brother brunette has a bun in the oven?
  • This chick, who's like a soapie star in Australia - announced six weeks ago that she had a bun in the oven.
  • Once Bening successfully has a bun in the oven, Shandling's work is done, so he becomes the typical lazy husband, not interested in sex or talking.


late Middle English: of unknown origin.

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