crou·​ton ˈkrü-ˌtän How to pronounce crouton (audio)
: a small cube of toasted or crisply fried bread

Examples of crouton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Serve the hot soup in bowls and serve the croutons in a separate bowl so people can help themselves. The Week Uk, theweek, 29 Jan. 2024 Remove from skillet and sprinkle with salt. To serve, dip croutons in wine sauce, then coat in parsley. Adriene Rathbun, Charlotte Observer, 24 Jan. 2024 Baste with wine sauce, sprinkle with parsley and serve with croutons on top. Adriene Rathbun, Charlotte Observer, 24 Jan. 2024 Get The Recipe 09 of 10 Hoppin' John Soup Inspired by the classic Lowcountry dish, this soup is loaded with black-eyed peas and greens, plus cornbread croutons on top. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 31 Jan. 2024 To assemble the salad, combine the croutons and all the dressing in a large salad bowl. Becky Krystal, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 There are a few salad options, including a Caesar with rosemary-focaccia croutons and a Romana with baby arugula, walnuts, pears and roasted beets, plus garlic knots, baked Buffalo wings and a classic red-sauce lasagna. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 Inspired by the Thai salad nam khao tod, the rice croutons added heartiness and levity to a chicory salad with citrus and a coconut-tamarind dressing. Ben Mims, Los Angeles Times, 21 Jan. 2024 It is punctuated with soft cloves of roasted garlic and hefty croutons. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 16 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


French croûton, diminutive of croûte crust, from Middle French crouste, from Old French, from Latin crusta

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crouton was in 1806

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“Crouton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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crou·​ton ˈkrü-ˌtän How to pronounce crouton (audio)
: a small cube of bread toasted or fried crisp

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