a small cake or ball of minced meat, poultry, or fish, or of rice, potato, or other food, often coated with beaten egg and bread crumbs, and fried in deep fat.

1700–10; < French, equivalent to croqu(er) to crunch (Old French crokier to break, of expressive orig.) + -ette -ette

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croquette (krəʊˈkɛt, krɒ-)
a savoury cake of minced meat, fish, etc, fried in breadcrumbs
[C18: from French, from croquer to crunch, of imitative origin]

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Word Origin & History

1706, from Fr., from croquer "to crunch."
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Example sentences
To rice croquette mixture add two tablespoons powdered sugar and grated rind one-half lemon.
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