Definition of breadcrumb in English:

breadcrumb

noun

  • 1A small fragment of bread.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Place the garlic, breadcrumbs and parsley in a food processor and blend briefly, then add the oil, salt and pepper.’
    • ‘Lightly brush the sheet of filo dough with olive oil, then sprinkle with roughly a tablespoon of breadcrumbs.’
    • ‘Add the breadcrumbs by the tablespoon until the mix is firm enough to shape into balls.’
    • ‘It should be served with bread sauce, thin gravy and fried breadcrumbs.’
    • ‘This consists of mussels deep-fried in a light batter served with a sauce of oil, garlic, breadcrumbs and yoghurt.’
    • ‘English boiled ham to be eaten cold has toasted breadcrumbs pressed over the fat to make a coating.’
    • ‘For fresh breadcrumbs use bread that is about three days old so it crumbs easily.’
    • ‘If you have made fresh breadcrumbs, work just a little olive oil into the breadcrumbs so that they glisten but are still quite dry.’
    • ‘Tobias looked down embarrassed and wiped away the casserole stain and breadcrumbs.’
    • ‘Place the bread in a food processor and whizz until breadcrumbs are formed.’
    • ‘Stuff that manicotti with breadcrumbs and serve on a piece of garlic toast.’
    • ‘Here, I have combined it with breadcrumbs and parsley to make a delicious crust for grilled fish such as whiting, lemon sole or sea bream.’
    • ‘This month the big, fat summer halibut are grilled under breadcrumbs.’
    • ‘It was eggplant baked with breadcrumbs and some kind of sauce and cilantro.’
    • ‘While the soup is simmering, make the meatballs by combining the meat, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper.’
    • ‘The vanilla ice cream, which hadn't melted one bit, had been coated in crushed nuts and breadcrumbs then dropped into the fryer.’
    • ‘Place the chickpeas in a food processor with the peanut butter and breadcrumbs and whizz to form a thick paste.’
  • 2

    (also breadcrumbs, 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The digital breadcrumbs left behind when people use Internet-connected gadgets are what led California investigators to recover iMacs, iPads and other items stolen from his home.’
    • ‘There are parallel, connected plot-lines that eventually merge, with Grisham leaving breadcrumbs as to how they are connected without giving too much away.’
    • ‘If you are acting like a whistle blower know the consequences and don't leave a breadcrumb trail to your door.’
    1. 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Another very effective way of letting your visitors know where they are is to use a breadcrumb trail.’
      • ‘So the potential breadcrumb trail on a product page could look different depending on which categories and sub-categories you navigate through.’
      • ‘Not only does Amazon chart the progress of my own search, it also provides alternate trajectories, complete with breadcrumb trails, in a box to the side.’
      • ‘Your overall site architecture should be consistent with a clear breadcrumb trail that lets them easily and intuitively get back on track.’
      • ‘Just below the banner is the breadcrumb trail so that you can see where that page is located within the greater website’
      • ‘If the page you are on is close to, but not exactly the information you are looking for, moving up one or two levels using the breadcrumb trail links may enable you to find exactly what you want.’
      • ‘You can find your way back to the pages where you started from by using the "breadcrumbs" feature.’
      • ‘Breadcrumbs are the easiest way to display this information in a clean, easy-to-understand format.’
      • ‘A breadcrumb trail explicitly shows the path from the homepage to the current page.’

Origin

Mid 18th century from bread + crumb. breadcrumb (sense 2) is 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.

Pronunciation

breadcrumb

/ˈbrɛdkrʌm/