[leyb-koo-kuh n; German leyp-koo-khuh n]

noun, plural leb·ku·chen.

a hard, chewy or brittle Christmas cookie, usually flavored with honey and spices and containing nuts and citron.

Origin of lebkuchen

1905–10, Americanism; < German; Middle High German lebekuoche. See loaf1, cake
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Historical Examples of lebkuchen

  • The best that even Aunt Hedwig could say of his lebkuchen was that it was not bad.

  • To any intelligent baker the reason for this was obvious: Hans was making his lebkuchen with new honey-cake.

  • And when at last the fateful night arrived that saw his first batch of lebkuchen in the oven, he actually forgot to smoke at all!

  • But even at its best, never was this lebkuchen at all like that of which in his hopeful youth he had dreamed.

  • "I want to tell you, my dear, that I sent to Nuremberg for some Lebkuchen in honor of your birthday," she said.

British Dictionary definitions for lebkuchen


noun plural -chen

a biscuit, originating from Germany, usually containing honey, spices, etc

Word Origin for lebkuchen

German: literally, loaf cake
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