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pretzel

[pret-suh l] /ˈprɛt səl/
noun
1.
a crisp, dry biscuit, usually in the form of a knot or stick, salted on the outside.
2.
a larger version of this, made of soft, chewy bread dough.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25, Americanism; < German Pretzel, variant of Bretzel; Old High German brizzila < Medieval Latin bracellus bracelet
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Examples for pretzel
  • Wings, a crab pretzel, chili and cheese sticks highlight the appetizer menu.
  • The bread selection consists of dinner rolls, a rich pumpernickel, and pretzel bread.
  • Carolyn was asked to sit down in the chair and pick a treat from a tray of marshmallows, cookies, and pretzel sticks.
  • As for supposed weight-loss benefits, a gluten-free pretzel is not going to take off pounds any faster than a regular pretzel.
  • Sometimes, you can barely squeeze in or out, and have to twist yourself into a pretzel.
British Dictionary definitions for pretzel

pretzel

/ˈprɛtsəl/
noun
1.
a brittle savoury biscuit, in the form of a knot or stick, glazed and salted on the outside, eaten esp in Germany and the US
Word Origin
C19: from German, from Old High German brezitella; perhaps related to Medieval Latin bracellus bracelet, from Latin bracchium arm
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Word Origin and History for pretzel
pretzel
1856, from Ger. Prezel, also Brezel, from O.H.G. brezitella, from M.L. *brachitellum, presumably a kind of biscuit baked in the shape of folded arms (cf. It. bracciatella, O.Prov. brassadel), dim. of L. bracchiatus "with branches, with arms," from L. bracchium "arm" (see brace).
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Slang definitions & phrases for pretzel

pretzel

noun

A French horn (1936+ Musicians)


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Encyclopedia Article for pretzel

a brittle, glazed-and-salted cracker of German or Alsatian origin. Made from a rope of dough typically fashioned into the shape of a loose knot, the pretzel is briefly boiled and then glazed with egg, salted, and baked. Pretzels are customarily eaten as a snack with beer.

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