What do you call bread that looks like a brick?

  • A loaf of bread?
  • A brick of bread?

Or some other way?

  • What do you mean, "what do you call"? Are you looking for a noun? An adjective? Are you looking for a phrase that means "brick-shaped"?
    – TimR
    Commented May 13, 2017 at 17:37
  • So you all call it a loaf or loaves for plural? I'm looking for a noun. Commented May 13, 2017 at 18:14
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    I've never seen anything like that in a US supermarket, so I don't know that there is a term that would be widely understood in American English to mean this. Brick seems pretty descriptive, or maybe slab. What do you call it?
    – 1006a
    Commented May 13, 2017 at 22:34
  • @1006a We call it a буханка Commented May 14, 2017 at 6:53

6 Answers 6


These are

loaves of bread

(source: rackcdn.com)

It is not easy to have a bread loaf form in the true shape of a brick since the top is not naturally flat.

In your example, bread in that form are mini-loaves since they are cut from a bigger production loaf

which is easily done with German pumpernickel which is notoriously dense and heavy.

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    +1....Thanks for the edit - I was just digging around for a picture of a mestemacher pumpernickel loaf to counter your original assertion. :-)
    – Adam
    Commented May 13, 2017 at 17:34
  • Thanks Peter, I'll call these loaves. Commented Apr 9, 2019 at 2:48

I would say a loaf of bread, or if you had the space, a loaf of bread that looked like a brick. Saying some bread is a brick in English implies it is "like a brick" in density.


I would go with 'slab' as mentioned by @1006a


a thick plate or slice (as of stone, wood, or bread):

Examples of slab in a Sentence

a thick slab of homemade bread



If you zoom in on the image (and can read German) you will see that it does not show a solid mass of bread:

Die Packung enthält 7 Scheiben zu je ca. 72 g.

So it is not a bread, or brick, or loaf, or slab at all. It is simply 7 slices of bread packaged together.

  • And when soneone buys white sliced bread, isn't that a loaf too?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Apr 8, 2019 at 13:40

To me (USA, first language) saying a brick of bread, while perhaps uncommon usage, would indiciate more specifically the rectangular prism shape that you see. If someone told me they had a brick of bread, I would also wonder as to whether or not the bread was stale or hard, like a brick.


This is not a loaf, because it is not the entire unit that was baked in one go.

Brick of bread is not an expression generally used in English, at least not in any dialect with which I am familiar.

This is a pack (or packet, preference may depend on dialect) of bread containing 7 slices cut from a larger loaf.

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