dough·​nut | \ ˈdō-(ˌ)nət How to pronounce doughnut (audio) \
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Definition of doughnut

1 : a small usually ring-shaped piece of sweet fried dough
2 : something (such as a mathematical torus) that has a round shape like a doughnut
3 : a controlled skid that sends an automobile into a tight circle of at least 360 degrees usually used in the phrase do doughnuts Doing doughnuts? You haven't heard about this? This is what they steal the cars for. Top speed, they slam on the brakes, yank the emergency brake, twist the steering wheel, and the car starts spinning. Wheeling the car in circles at tremendous speeds.— Philip Roth

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Other Words from doughnut

doughnutlike \ ˈdō-​(ˌ)nət-​ˌlīk How to pronounce doughnutlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of doughnut in a Sentence

drawing doughnuts in the sand

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Breads are flabby and underbaked, while an order of gulab jamun (picture syrup-swollen doughnut holes) induces sugar shock. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "At Bombay Velvet in Reston, fine aspirations with an uneven start," 7 June 2019 Safe bike riding could earn you a doughnut The Naperville Police Department and the Naperville Park District Police want to help promote bicycle safety by rewarding residents demonstrating good bike safety practices. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville News Digest," 15 June 2018 But Krispy Kreme is about to change your seasonal food fantasies with its new line of summer doughnut flavors. Leah Rocketto, Woman's Day, "Krispy Kreme Is Releasing 4 New Doughnuts Flavors For Summer," 17 Apr. 2019 Tim Horton, a star for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and a business partner opened a coffee and doughnut shop in a converted gas station... James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "When a Cop Bought a Doughnut Shop, Something Surprising Happened: It Thrived," 8 Feb. 2019 Pastry guru Edward Martinez is in charge of coming up with Milk Money's daily doughnut flavor and will oversee production of up to six kinds of ice cream. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Ice cream, doughnuts, sausages and vegan cheese? This new Sacramento project has it all," 19 June 2018 Two food scenes have new edible cookie dough eateries and crazy doughnut flavors continue to tempt diners in this week's top tweets. Usa Today Network, USA TODAY, "This week in food and drink: Sweet food trends," 21 Apr. 2018 For the series, chefs will create new doughnut flavors that will be featured for a month. Daily Pilot Staff,, "Biz News: Costa Mesa's Sidecar Doughnuts to celebrate 5 years with chef series," 31 Mar. 2018 Toasted coconut isn't just a fun doughnut, iced coffee, or cookie flavor. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Toasted Coconut Hair Is the Easiest Way for Brunettes to Go Bronde This Fall," 23 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of doughnut

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for doughnut

dough + nut entry 1 (in sense "rounded cake or biscuit," as in ginger nut, spice nut)

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English Language Learners Definition of doughnut

: a piece of sweet fried dough that is often shaped like a ring
: something that has a round shape like a doughnut


dough·​nut | \ ˈdō-ˌnət\

Kids Definition of doughnut

: a small ring of sweet dough fried in fat

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