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 doughnutsDoing 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
Recent Examples on the Web For years, African-Americans were not served at the lunch counter but could buy doughnuts while waiting for a bus. Scott Huddleston,, "Event marks desegration milestone, sparks debate about Woolworth Building," 17 Jan. 2020 To help streamline transfers, Smith has been visiting area hospitals to give presentations to health-care providers about her practice and bring doughnuts for the nurses. Emily Bobrow, The New Yorker, "A Midwife in the North Country," 22 Dec. 2019 But we were soon rescued by Aana Lane, who brought us to her kitchen and asked us to help make doughnuts. Anchorage Daily News, "Launching a book on Alaska food, Julia O’Malley talks food trends and the surprising beauty of a Jell-O salad," 6 Dec. 2019 The chain’s latest 24-hour doughnut shop is expected to open later this year in a former Starbucks cafe at 14620 SE Mcloughlin Blvd. in Milwaukie’s Oak Grove neighborhood. Michael Russell | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Voodoo Doughnut will open its first suburban Portland location later this year," 20 Nov. 2019 Rhines, 63, ambushed 22-year-old Donnivan Schaefer in 1992 when Schaefer surprised him in the midst of burglarizing a Rapid City doughnut shop where Schaeffer worked. Dave Kolpack, Twin Cities, "South Dakota executes man in ’92 slaying of former co-worker," 5 Nov. 2019 Rachel Khaimor, 29, and Sara Geller, 29, were parked in front of the store with a minivan full of kids eating doughnuts with sprinkles. Doreen Christensen,, "Bring on the bacon: Boca Raton Dunkin’ decides to ‘de-kosher’," 17 Oct. 2019 Donuts lovers can enjoy a chocolate iced donuts with sprinkles, Cookies and Kreme Heart made with Oreos, pink heart doughnuts with strawberry icing or a sprinkle heart on Valentine's Day. Leada Gore,, "Valentine's Day 2018: Restaurant deals, discounts from Chick-fil-A, Hooters, Krispy Kreme, more," 14 Feb. 2018 Known for its innovative doughnuts, Voodoo was the first in its Portland store to come up with a maple bacon bar. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Voodoo Doughnut looking for 70 employees at Houston job fair this weekend," 13 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of doughnut was in 1782

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10 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Doughnut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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