Definition of “egg” - English Dictionary

“egg” in British English

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eggnoun

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egg noun (FOOD)

A1 [ C or U ] the oval object with a hard shell that is produced by female birds, especially chickens, eaten as food:

a hard-boiled/soft-boiled egg
How do you like your eggs - fried or boiled?

[ C ] an object that is made in the shape of a bird's egg:

More examples

  • Mix the butter with the sugar and then add the egg.
  • Crack three eggs into a bowl and mix them together.
  • Could you get me half a dozen eggs when you go to the shop?
  • We had bacon and eggs for breakfast.
  • I like eggs lightly cooked so that the yolk is still runny.

egg noun (REPRODUCTION)

B2 [ C ] an oval object, often with a hard shell, that is produced by female birds and particular reptiles and insects, and contains a baby animal that comes out when it is developed:

The cuckoo lays her egg in another bird's nest.
After fourteen days the eggs hatch.

[ C ] a cell produced by a woman or female animal from which a baby can develop if it combines with a male sex cell:

Identical twins develop from a single fertilized egg that then splits into two.

More examples

  • Once an egg is fertilized by the sperm, it becomes an embryo.
  • An attempt to implant an embryo using an egg from an anonymous woman donor was unsuccessful.
  • Genes determine how we develop from the moment the sperm fuses with the egg.
  • A blackbird's egg is blue with brown speckles on it.
  • In human reproduction, one female egg is usually fertilized by one sperm.

(Definition of “egg” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“egg” in American English

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eggnoun [ C ]

us /, eɪɡ/

egg noun [ C ] (REPRODUCTION)

biology an oval, rounded object with a hard shell produced by female birds and particular female reptiles, from which a baby animal is born when it is developed

biology An egg is also a cell produced by a woman or female animal from which a baby might develop if it combines with sperm from a male.

egg noun [ C ] (FOOD)

the oval or rounded object with a hard shell that is produced by chickens, collected before a baby bird can develop within it, and used as food:

The recipe calls for four eggs and a pint of milk.
I’d like two scrambled eggs with bacon, please.

(Definition of “egg” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)