bread and butter

Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

bread and butter

1. Means of support; livelihood.
2. The essential sustaining element or elements; the mainstay: "As ever, politics, vulgarity and sentimentality were the bread and butter of the Academy Awards" (David Ansen).

bread and butter

1. (modifier) a means of support or subsistence; livelihood: the inheritance was their bread and butter.
2. bread-and-butter
a. providing a basic means of subsistence: a bread-and-butter job.
b. solid, reliable, or practical: a bread-and-butter player.
c. expressing gratitude, as for hospitality (esp in the phrase bread-and-butter letter)

bread′ and but′ter

a basic means of support or income; source of livelihood; sustenance.


(ˈbrɛd nˈbʌt ər)

1. providing a livelihood or reliable income: the agency's bread-and-butter accounts.
2. of or pertaining to the basic needs of life.
3. basic or everyday; staple; routine.
4. expressing thanks for hospitality: a bread-and-butter letter.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bread and butter - the financial means whereby one livesbread and butter - the financial means whereby one lives; "each child was expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"
resource - available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed
amenities, comforts, conveniences, creature comforts - things that make you comfortable and at ease; "all the comforts of home"
maintenance - means of maintenance of a family or group
meal ticket - a source of income or livelihood
subsistence - minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting; "social security provided only a bare subsistence"

bread and butter

رزق، اسباب العيش
geçim yolu

bread and butter

n it's his bread and butter (livelihood) → è il suo pane


(bred) noun
1. a type of food made of flour or meal baked. bread and butter.
2. one's living. This is how I earn my daily bread.
ˈbreadcrumbs noun plural
very tiny pieces of bread. Dip the fish in egg and breadcrumbs.
ˈbreadwinner noun
a person who earns money to keep a family. When her husband died she had to become the breadwinner.
bread and butter
(a way of earning) one's living. Writing novels is my bread and butter.
on the breadline
with barely enough to live on. The widow and her children are on the breadline.

bread and butter takes a singular verb.
References in classic literature ?
The old lady was glad to meet the little girl and gave her a slice of white bread and butter which had been used as a door-mat.
Hatta looked round and nodded, and went on with his bread and butter.
Bolter having had his laugh out, took a series of large bites, which finished his first hunk of bread and butter, and assisted himself to a second.
He was my true son," repeats the old gentleman, folding his bread and butter on his knee, "a good accountant, and died fifteen years ago.
In a moment the untidy youth brought in two large pots of tea and on a second journey immense dishes of bread and butter.