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[kruhl-er] /ˈkrʌl ər/
a rich, light cake cut from a rolled dough and deep-fried, usually having a twisted oblong shape and sometimes topped with sugar or icing.
Also called French cruller. a rich, light, raised doughnut, often with a ridged surface and sometimes topped with white icing.
Origin of cruller
1795-1805, Americanism; < Dutch krul curl + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Mark seized his third almost boiling cruller and turned to Billy.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock
  • When she came out she asked her mother: 'Ma, can I have a cruller?'

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • She snatched the cruller off just in time to save it, and the room echoed her laughter.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • There were three cookies, a cruller, and some chocolates in a box near the bottom.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
  • As they had no cutter they used a knife, and twisted them, making them in shape like a cruller.

    The War Romance of the Salvation Army Evangeline Booth and Grace Livingston Hill
  • That John D. Rockefeller would give his whole fortune for a digestion good enough to digest a cruller.

    The American Credo George Jean Nathan
  • Ill bet a cruller that chaps asleep, whispered Zeb, as they crept forward cautiously.

  • We owe to them the doughnut, the cruller, cookies, and many other delicious articles of skillful cookery.

    The Story of American History Albert F. Blaisdell
  • Use either the baking powder or yeast doughnut dough, cut with a cruller cutter, and fry in the same manner as doughnuts.

  • They made war upon the dark hall in the double-decker, and upon the cruller bakery.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
British Dictionary definitions for cruller


(US & Canadian) a light sweet ring-shaped cake, fried in deep fat
Word Origin
C19: from Dutch krulle, from krullen to curl
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cruller

1805, American English, apparently from Dutch kruller, from krullen "to curl," from Middle Dutch crullen, related to curl.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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