pretzel

[ pret-suh l ]
/ ˈprɛt səl /

noun

a crisp, dry biscuit, usually in the form of a knot or stick, salted on the outside.
a larger version of this, made of soft, chewy bread dough.

Origin of pretzel

1815–25, Americanism; < German Pretzel, variant of Bretzel; Old High German brizzila < Medieval Latin bracellus bracelet
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pretzel

/ (ˈprɛtsəl) /

noun

a brittle savoury biscuit, in the form of a knot or stick, glazed and salted on the outside, eaten esp in Germany and the US

Word Origin for pretzel

C19: from German, from Old High German brezitella; perhaps related to Medieval Latin bracellus bracelet, from Latin bracchium arm
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Word Origin and History for pretzel

pretzel


n.

1851, from German Prezel, also Brezel, from Middle High German brezel, prezel, from Old High German brezitella, brecedela, from Medieval Latin *brachitella, presumably a kind of biscuit baked in the shape of folded arms (cf. Italian bracciatella, Old Provençal brassadel), diminutive of Latin bracchiatus "with branches, with arms," from bracchium "arm" (see brace (n.)).

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