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[kroo-ton, kroo-ton]
  1. a small piece of fried or toasted bread, sometimes seasoned, used as a garnish for soups, salads, and other dishes.
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Origin of crouton

1800–10; < French, equivalent to croûte crust + -on diminutive suffix
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Historical Examples of crouton

  • Stick the skewers into the crouton and pour the sauce round it.

    The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:

    Mrs. W. G. Waters

  • Pile them on the crouton, and have ready a tomato sauce to pour over.

  • Croutons may also be served with the rest; put around the fish one crouton, then an onion, and so on, all around.

British Dictionary definitions for crouton


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