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[French krwah-sahn; English kruh-sahnt]
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noun, plural crois·sants [French krwah-sahn; English kruh-sahnts] /French krwɑˈsɑ̃; English krəˈsɑnts/.
  1. a rich, buttery, crescent-shaped roll of leavened dough or puff paste.
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Origin of croissant

1895–1900; < French: literally, crescent
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  1. a flaky crescent-shaped bread roll made of a yeast dough similar to puff pastry
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Word Origin

French, literally: crescent
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Word Origin and History for croissant


1899, see crescent.

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