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[French krwah-sahn; English kruh-sahnt] /French krwɑˈsɑ̃; English krəˈsɑnt/
noun, plural croissants
[French krwah-sahn; English kruh-sahnts] /French krwɑˈsɑ̃; English krəˈsɑnts/ (Show IPA)
a rich, buttery, crescent-shaped roll of leavened dough or puff paste.
1895-1900; < French: literally, crescent Unabridged
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Examples from the web for croissant
  • Give people a good croissant and a good cup of coffee in the morning.
  • Refusing a tempting breakfast donut, in other words, will make it slightly harder to turn down an afternoon croissant.
  • Think will have a croissant tomorrow may be two.
  • He might as well have dunked a croissant in hot vindaloo curry sauce.
  • In the morning, enjoy a cappuccino and croissant on the rooftop terrace.
  • Try a stuffed croissant breakfast with scrambled eggs, ham and goat cheese.
  • After that, stop for a croissant and coffee at the mezzanine cafe, punctuated by the large rail station clock.
  • She said he was upset because she had forgotten to order his breakfast croissant without the egg.
  • For example, a croissant has about the same number of calories as a bagel.
British Dictionary definitions for croissant


/ˈkrwʌsɒŋ; French krwasɑ̃/
a flaky crescent-shaped bread roll made of a yeast dough similar to puff pastry
Word Origin
French, literally: crescent
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Word Origin and History for croissant

1899, see crescent.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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