crois·​sant krȯ-ˈsänt How to pronounce croissant (audio)
krwä-ˈsäⁿ How to pronounce croissant (audio)
plural croissants krȯ-ˈsänt(s) How to pronounce croissant (audio)
: a flaky rich crescent-shaped roll

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web During the day, guests can hit the tennis court, set up on sun loungers at the pool, or wander over to Buongiorno Bakery for coffee and croissants. Amy Louise Bailey, Robb Report, 2 June 2023 There is so much to read in between the lines of that observation, which comes after mention of a quaint beach rental home, a breakfast of croissant and berries, singalongs to Ace of Base, long walks with a 150-pound dog. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 1 June 2023 The perk of being a hotel guest is getting to enjoy this room in another light: with fresh croissants and coffee while reading the newspaper in the morning. Mariah Tyler, Travel + Leisure, 29 May 2023 Coffee and croissants, or a BEC on soft brioche bun are great ways to start the day, though the thick moist focaccia squares and bread loaves steal the show. Lauren Mowery, Forbes, 5 May 2023 The students, meanwhile, have been living in the library for more than a week, studying for finals, playing board games, and eating breakfasts of croissants and granola. Tim Arango,, 2 May 2023 There, about a mile away from her first market, Dunn-Holden will continue to offer her popular mochi muffins filled with seasonal jams, loaves of tangy sourdough bread and flaky croissants. Mario Cortez, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Apr. 2023 Doughnuts, dumplings, gourmet fish sticks, where to find the perfect croissant plus a sacrilegious bagel and pre-hippie granola bars. Laurie Ochoa, Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2022 She is obsessed with birds of prey, power dynamics, and croissants. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 2 May 2023 See More

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Word History


French, literally, crescent, from Middle French, from present participle of croistre to grow, from Latin crescere — more at crescent

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of croissant was in 1875

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Cite this Entry

“Croissant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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crois·​sant krȯ-ˈsänt How to pronounce croissant (audio) krə- How to pronounce croissant (audio)
plural croissants
: a flaky rich crescent-shaped roll

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