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

Other Words from doughnut

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

Examples of doughnut in a Sentence

drawing doughnuts in the sand
Recent Examples on the Web Krispy Kreme is commemorating the historic landing of NASA's Perseverance Rover on Mars with a special doughnut. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 18 Feb. 2021 And don’t forget to check with local doughnut spots - many will be offering their own deals. Leada Gore |, al, 3 June 2022 Of course one doughnut company was going to honor The Simpsons on this day. Chris Morris, Fortune, 3 June 2022 While it's been one of Indiana's iconic doughnut stops for years, Rise'n Roll Bakery can now officially call itself a fan favorite award winner. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 26 May 2022 The store had a sideline doughnut business next door, and Mr. Greeley broke through the wall and expanded his in-store bakery, which took off in popularity. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 22 May 2022 Craving some fresh papardelle or maybe an Oreo-style doughnut, but don’t feel like driving 20 or 30 miles to get it? San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 May 2022 But a new crisis unrelated to the pandemic has sparked fresh worries for Christine Schaefer, founder and executive pastry chef of the Washington doughnut company: the rising cost of cooking oil. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Correspondent Elaine Quijano explores these immigrants' stories of resilience, reinvention and success, wrapped in a distinctive pink doughnut box. CBS News, 6 May 2022 See More

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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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18 Jun 2022

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“Doughnut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2022.

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dough·​nut | \ ˈdō-ˌnət \

Kids Definition of doughnut

: a small ring of sweet dough fried in fat

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