crul·​ler ˈkrə-lər How to pronounce cruller (audio)
: a small sweet cake in the form of a twisted strip fried in deep fat
Northern US and Midland US : an unraised doughnut

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Gaw says dan bing are traditionally served alongside youtiao, which is a type of fried cruller, and sweet soy milk. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2022 The hallmark of a quality cruller is a crunchy outside, with a chewy and airy filling. Jean Trinh, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2022 The vegetarian dish gets its impact from the chewy cruller, which adds significant heft to each bite. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Sep. 2021 These smaller versions of the crullers available at Krispy Kreme stores come in 12-ounce bags. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 18 May 2020 The storefront, which is next to Union Square Café on East 19th St., was designed for grab-and-go coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and signature crullers. Kate Krader,, 13 May 2020 In the second version, which takes place at the same resort, a woman was simultaneously slicing potatoes and cooking crullers in oil. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Jan. 2020 The cruller itself is so impossibly light that I was tempted to turn it over and look for some kind of Reebok Pump apparatus on the bottom that Le Blanc used to fill it with air just before serving. Noah Kaufman, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Sep. 2019 Seventeen, to be exact—a baker’s dozen plus a few crullers thrown in for good measure, all crammed into one bullpen, waiting to be used. Jon Tayler,, 10 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History


Dutch krulle, a twisted cake, from krul curly, from Middle Dutch crul — more at curl

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cruller was in 1801

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Cite this Entry

“Cruller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



crul·​ler ˈkrəl-ər How to pronounce cruller (audio)
: a small twisted oblong cake made like a doughnut
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