[kroo-ton, kroo-ton]


a small piece of fried or toasted bread, sometimes seasoned, used as a garnish for soups, salads, and other dishes.

Origin of crouton

1800–10; < French, equivalent to croûte crust + -on diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a small piece of fried or toasted bread, usually served in soup

Word Origin for crouton

French: diminutive of croûte crust
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Word Origin and History for crouton

1806, from French croûton "small piece of toasted bread," from croûte "crust," from Old French crouste (13c.), from Latin crusta (see crust (n.)).

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