1. a small cake or ball of minced meat, poultry, or fish, or of rice, potato, or other food, often coated with beaten egg and bread crumbs, and fried in deep fat.

Origin of croquette

1700–10; < French, equivalent to croqu(er) to crunch (Old French crokier to break, of expressive orig.) + -ette -ette
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  1. a savoury cake of minced meat, fish, etc, fried in breadcrumbs

Word Origin for croquette

C18: from French, from croquer to crunch, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for croquette

1706, from French croquette (17c.), from croquer "to crunch" (imitative) + diminutive suffix -ette.

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