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

Examples of cruller in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Out of nowhere, Daily Provisions, the local chain of cafes best known for crullers and bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwiches, added a patty melt to its limited menu early last year. Pete Wells, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2024 But the real prize of this ad campaign is our newfound insight into Martha’s very specific coffee order which is, wait for it, a coffee with one cream (no sugar) and a single bite of a cruller. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 1 Dec. 2023 Billed as phở pâté, the first course is seasoned like the Vietnamese noodle soup with five-spice powder and cilantro and scooped up with crullers. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023 Pleasantly chewy, the crullers made lovely sponges for the take-no-prisoners black pepper sauce, the taste equivalent of a bugle blast. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 18 July 2023 Choose from cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, bear claw and French cruller doughnuts. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 1 June 2023 That’s because Fortune owner Corina Wang spent a dozen years delivering steaming bowls of congee and savory crullers at Kenny’s Noodle House, the Powell Boulevard destination just a couple of miles to the south. oregonlive, 26 Jan. 2023 Inside New Pho restaurant, community activists Tippana Tith and Charles Song shared Chinese crullers called cha kway. Jeong Park, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2023 My final tally: 10 French crullers, two old-fashioneds, and one glazed., 12 Apr. 2023

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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 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


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