- a rich, light cake cut from a rolled dough and deep-fried, usually having a twisted oblong shape and sometimes topped with sugar or icing.
- Also called French cruller. a rich, light, raised doughnut, often with a ridged surface and sometimes topped with white icing.
Origin of cruller
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Examples from the Web for cruller
Mark seized his third almost boiling cruller and turned to Billy.Janet of the Dunes
Harriet T. Comstock
When she came out she asked her mother: 'Ma, can I have a cruller?'Dave Porter and His Rivals
She snatched the cruller off just in time to save it, and the room echoed her laughter.We Can't Have Everything
There were three cookies, a cruller, and some chocolates in a box near the bottom.The Open Question
As they had no cutter they used a knife, and twisted them, making them in shape like a cruller.The War Romance of the Salvation Army
Evangeline Booth and Grace Livingston Hill
- US and Canadian a light sweet ring-shaped cake, fried in deep fat
C19: from Dutch krulle, from krullen to curl
Word Origin and History for cruller
1805, American English, apparently from Dutch kruller, from krullen "to curl," from Middle Dutch crullen, related to curl.
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