cro·​quette | \ krō-ˈket How to pronounce croquette (audio) \

Definition of croquette

: a small often rounded mass consisting usually of minced meat, fish, or vegetable coated with egg and bread crumbs and deep-fried

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Synonyms for croquette


cake, cutlet, fritter, galette, patty (also pattie)

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Examples of croquette in a Sentence

a fish croquette that tasted more of filler than of fish

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One of the best in town is El Rebote’s croqueta de cecina, a creamy, crisp-fried croquette flecked with dry-aged beef, a local specialty. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to Spanish Wine Country," 7 Mar. 2018 Think hearty grits topped with crispy salmon croquettes; peach-bourbon French toast with caramelized peaches, raisins, and rich syrup; and homestyle biscuits smothered in a rich chicken, pepper, and onion gravy. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Brunch in Chicago," 3 Mar. 2018 Try free appetizers like seasonal flatbread, manchego croquettes, Moroccan lamb meatballs, ahi tuna tartare, chimichurri cured king salmon and more. Grace Wong,, "Try food and wine from a visiting New Orleans restaurant, plus check out a Pilsen bar giving back to immigrant community groups," 28 June 2018 Nearby, the local restaurant Sem-Fim had set up a food concession, serving ham croquettes, grilled chicken and goblets full of local Sharish gin. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "Vacation in Portugal the Less-Obvious Way," 10 Aug. 2018 In batches, carefully add frozen croquettes to hot oil. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Sweet Potato Croquettes," 2 Nov. 2015 The staff would use it to encase everything, even fried potato croquettes. Evan Kleiman,, "The outrageously simple joy of bread crumbs, plus a recipe for cauliflower steaks with (surprise!) garlicky bread crumbs," 9 Mar. 2018 Crop and filter dishes like a 20-ounce Chateaubriand, oxtail croquettes, and pork belly macaroni and cheese. Kara Baskin,, "Boston Chops opens in Downtown Crossing — with a $10,000 Instagram table," 31 May 2018 Snack on an assortment of ham (there’s a ham program), raclette and truffle sandwiches, crudo, foie gras bon-bons, and various types of croquettes. Kara Baskin,, "You’ll be delighted by this Fool’s Errand," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of croquette

1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for croquette

French, from croquer to crunch, from Middle French, to strike, break, cause to crack, of imitative origin

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The first known use of croquette was in 1706

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English Language Learners Definition of croquette

: a roll or ball of meat, fish, or vegetables that is covered with egg and bread crumbs and fried in oil


cro·​quette | \ krō-ˈket How to pronounce croquette (audio) \

Kids Definition of croquette

: a roll or ball of hashed meat, fish, or vegetables fried in deep fat

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