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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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 Donuts Delite in Rochester began selling hundreds of doughnuts with Anthony S. Fauci’s face, surrounded by white frosting and topped off with patriotic sprinkles. Washington Post, "Missing 4-year-old girl found in woods," 30 Mar. 2020 Bags of Skittles and a box of doughnuts were nearby. Max Londberg,, "'Is this for real?' Mason educators huddle to chart how students will learn in a pandemic," 13 Mar. 2020 The Colonel isn’t sitting this one out, either: Not to be outdone, KFC experiments with chicken sandwich variations, including a fried chicken and doughnut sandwich, and later a Nashville Hot chicken and waffle variation (in November). Washington Post, "How 2019 became the Year of the Chicken Sandwich," 17 Dec. 2019 During the event, guests can try food and desserts such as Asian fare, hot dogs, barbecue, doughnuts and ice cream. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival at Salt River Fields is trick-or-treating with a twist," 18 Oct. 2019 Housemade ice cream tacos, ice cream doughnut sandwiches or Taiwanese shaved snow? Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "7 killer SF Bay Area things to do this weekend, June 7-9," 6 June 2019 Duck Donuts also sells coffee, tea, doughnut breakfast sandwiches and more. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "Coming to Leawood: Meat Mitch's first restaurant and Duck Donuts | The Kansas City Star," 4 May 2018 The iconic strawberry donuts are now in season and a great excuse to order a flight of beers and experiment with your doughnut-and-beer pairings. John Verive,, "Why craft beer lovers should be drinking in Covina and Pomona," 4 Apr. 2018 When one of the owners of a Southern California doughnut shop had a brain aneurysm and was in a coma, the small surf town came together to help the business. CBS News, "Doughnut shop owner returns after community bought out store every day while she was in a coma," 10 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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6 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Doughnut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 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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