dough·nut | \ ˈdō-(ˌ)nət \
variants: or less commonly

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 \-ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of doughnut in a Sentence

drawing doughnuts in the sand

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Krispy Kreme doughnut bacon burger ($12 at Stuffie's Char Broiler) 13. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Chew on this: These are the 20 wildest foods for sale at this year’s State Fair," 12 July 2018 Biscuits and gravy are anointed with coconut-mushroom gravy, French toast with coffee anglaise and doughnut glaze, and a fried chicken thigh is mounted on a sourdough waffle. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "At 3 Squares Diner there’s a dog that won’t bark," 12 July 2018 Double doughnut mac and cheese burger with bacon, anyone? Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Insane new Indiana State Fair foods that will complete your summer," 9 July 2018 Those are his personal favorites along with the BBQ brisket sandwich and fried doughnuts. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Naperville Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Empire Burgers & Brew in Naperville," 8 July 2018 Banners were hung, flags were flown, and green-, white- and red-sprinkled doughnuts were passed around. Nick Hoppe,, "Orphans find families wherever they can," 2 July 2018 Now, the doughnut chain is stepping up its game to celebrate Independence Day with the re-release of the Freedom Ring Doughnut at participating outposts in the United States and Canada. Southern Living, "WATCH: We're Very Excited for These Fourth of July Krispy Kreme Doughnuts," 29 June 2018 The apple cider makes for some mighty fine doughnuts too. 13. Lori Rackl,, "Bicentennial bucket list: 20 essential Illinois drinks," 29 June 2018 Dunkin’ Donuts has upped the doughnut game with its latest invention -- Donut Fries. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Dunkin’ introduces Donut Fries," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of doughnut

circa 1809, 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 circa 1809

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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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