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 doughnut (audio) \ adjective

Examples of doughnut in a Sentence

drawing doughnuts in the sand
Recent Examples on the Web Free doughnut of choice and small hot or iced coffee. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Veterans Day 2020 freebies: Where veterans, military can eat free, get a free haircut and find deals Wednesday," 11 Nov. 2020 When the travelogue hits Minnesota, Landsel enthusiastically endorses the Scandinavian doughnut, the 80-cent house specialty at the Lindstrom Bakery (12830 Lake Blvd. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "Minnesota's best doughnut? Food & Wine magazine says it's in Lindstrom," 8 Feb. 2021 The ring light—a face-flattering doughnut of light commonly used in portrait photography and YouTube makeup tutorials—has emerged as a crucial component of the remote worker kit. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "Seriously, it’s time to get a ring light," 8 Dec. 2020 Traditional sufganiyot are similar to a jelly doughnut: round and puffy, filled with fruit jam and dusted with a hint of powdered sugar. Flora Tsapovsky,, "Not just any jelly doughnut: Over-the-top sufganiyot take off in the Bay Area for Hanukkah," 2 Dec. 2020 The signature doughnut since the start has been the sriracha maple bacon, which will never go away, thanks to the sweet, salty and spicy melding of flavors that hits all the right notes. Dallas News, "Doughnuts, catfish and barbecue: 3 beloved Black-owned restaurants in Fort Worth," 30 Nov. 2020 Rewards members can score an extra treat – a free doughnut of their choice. Leada Gore |, al, "National Coffee Day 2020: Freebies, deals and discounts today from Dunkin’, Starbucks, Krispy Kreme," 29 Sep. 2020 At one point up to 80 percent of the independent doughnut shops in California were owned by Cambodians, yet even having sparked this wave of entrepreneurship, Ngoy became of a victim of his own success and personal foibles. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Government at work in ‘City Hall’," 30 Oct. 2020 Hayes opened the doughnut shop in May of 2016 in the first floor of the Ashely building at the corner of John R and Centre Streets in downtown Detroit. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Dilla's Delights doughnut shop closes John R location for good," 15 Jan. 2021

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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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2 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Doughnut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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