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 \ -​ˌlīk How to pronounce doughnutlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of doughnut in a Sentence

drawing doughnuts in the sand

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Toasted coconut isn't just a fun doughnut, iced coffee, or cookie flavor. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Toasted Coconut Hair Is the Easiest Way for Brunettes to Go Bronde This Fall," 23 Aug. 2018 In honor of the summer solstice, the coffee and doughnut chain will be giving out Frozen Lemonades for free. Olivia Harrison,, "Here's How To Get Free Frozen Lemonade At Dunkin' Donuts Tomorrow," 20 June 2018 Either this crowd likes you or they like doughnuts. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Barack Obama Surprised Campaign Workers With Donuts (Michelle Said It’s Okay)," 5 Nov. 2018 Using 2 forks, dip each doughnut in chocolate, tapping off any excess, then transfer to a wire rack to set. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Black Cat, Bat, Spider, and Mice Doughnuts," 2 Oct. 2018 Though some commenters voiced concern that the rebranding foreshadowed an end to doughnut sales at the store, Dunkin’ reps quickly confirmed through its official account that the beloved pastries were not slated to leave menus in any way. Fox News, "Dunkin' Donuts name change met with frustration, apathy on Twitter," 28 Sep. 2018 In July 2016, Joe Jonas and his band DNCE spent a half-hour handing out free doughnuts to hundreds of fans. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "Doughnut Lounge abruptly closes three area shops just months after expanding | The Kansas City Star," 10 May 2018 After buying a bike, some new clothes, work gloves, and goggles for splitting firewood, I had enough left for my daily treat of doughnuts and coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts. Abdi Nor Iftin,, "From war-torn Somalia to Maine: An immigrant’s story of hope," 23 May 2018 The chain has been increasing prices at a faster rate than independent coffee shops, fast-food chains and doughnut shops for years. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "Starbucks Satisfies Investors With Stronger Sales, but Traffic Still Weak," 1 Nov. 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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