[kroo-ton, kroo-ton]
a small piece of fried or toasted bread, sometimes seasoned, used as a garnish for soups, salads, and other dishes.

1800–10; < French, equivalent to croûte crust + -on diminutive suffix Unabridged
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crouton (ˈkruːtɒn)
a small piece of fried or toasted bread, usually served in soup
[French: diminutive of croûtecrust]

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Word Origin & History

1806, from Fr. croûton "small piece of toasted bread," from croûte "crust," from O.Fr. crouste, from L. crusta (see crust).
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Example sentences
For the crouton garnish, heat olive oil in a saute pan, add some fresh garlic and cook until it is fragrant.
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