Under medieval conditions, guests brought their own knives worn with them, which were their daggers they hunted and gathered with, then only fit to cut meat. From the expression “break bread with friends” the ellipsis “break bread” implying community developed.
- To eat a meal, especially to eat a shared meal with friends.
- 1879, Anthony Trollope, chapter 63, in John Caldigate:
- At last it was decided that he should take her, reaching the place about the hour of lunch, so that he might again break bread in her father's house.
- (Christianity) To take part in Holy Communion.