A toast is someone
or something in honor of which people usually have a
drink, the drink or honor itself, or the act (pledge)
of indicating that honor. For example, a person could
be "the toast of the evening", for whom someone
"proposes a toast" to congratulate and for
whom a third person "toasts" in agreement.
The toast as described here is rooted in Western culture,
but certain cultures outside that sphere have their
own traditions in which consuming a drink is connected
with ideas of celebration and honor. The description
that follows explains the process of the toast in detail,
including toasts that are of the more formal variety.