[French krwah-sahn; English kruh-sahnt]

noun, plural crois·sants [French krwah-sahn; English kruh-sahnts] /French krwɑˈsɑ̃; English krəˈsɑnts/.

a rich, buttery, crescent-shaped roll of leavened dough or puff paste.

Origin of croissant

1895–1900; < French: literally, crescent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for croissant

Contemporary Examples of croissant

  • I choked on my croissant at the lurid accounts in the New York Times, which positively wallowed in the story.

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    Marriage, the French Way

    Philip Short

    February 12, 2014

  • Warm up with a croissant and a mug of Counter Culture organic coffee at A Café at AKA Central Park (42 W. 58th St.).

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    The Untouristy Guide to the Holidays in New York

    Condé Nast Traveler

    December 11, 2013

  • You can start the day with a croissant and baguette, then end the day in a bistro or some place high-end, like Pierre Gagnaire.

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    Fresh Picks

    George Mendes

    September 7, 2010

Historical Examples of croissant

British Dictionary definitions for croissant



a flaky crescent-shaped bread roll made of a yeast dough similar to puff pastry

Word Origin for croissant

French, literally: crescent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for croissant

1899, see crescent.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper