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donut

[doh-nuh t, -nuht] /ˈdoʊ nət, -ˌnʌt/
noun
1.
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donut

/ˈdəʊnʌt/
noun
1.
a variant spelling (esp US) of doughnut

doughnut

/ˈdəʊnʌt/
noun
1.
a small cake of sweetened dough, often ring-shaped or spherical with a jam or cream filling, cooked in hot fat
2.
anything shaped like a ring, such as the reaction vessel of a thermonuclear reactor
verb -nuts, -nutting, -nutted
3.
(transitive) (informal) (of Members of Parliament) to surround (a speaker) during the televising of Parliament to give the impression that the chamber is crowded or the speaker is well supported
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Word Origin and History for donut
n.

see doughnut. It turns up as an alternate spelling in U.S. as early as 1870 ("Josh Billings"), common from c.1920 in names of bakeries. Halliwell ("Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words," 1847) has donnut "a pancake made of dough instead of batter," which Bartlett (1848) writes "is no doubt the same word" as the American one.

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