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1. a type of cake flavored with ginger and molasses.
2. a rolled cookie similarly flavored, often cut in fanciful shapes, and sometimes frosted.
3. elaborate, gaudy, or superfluous architectural ornamentation: a series of gables embellished with gingerbread.
heavily, gaudily, and superfluously ornamented: a gingerbread style of architecture.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.