pret·​zel | \ ˈpret-səl How to pronounce pretzel (audio) \

Definition of pretzel

: a brittle or chewy glazed usually salted slender bread often shaped like a loose knot

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Alyssa Milano might be in the forefront, but Fiji Water Girl has her eyes peeled on the person who just ate a bag of pretzels and is in desperate need of a refreshment. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Fiji Water Girl Is Becoming the Biggest Meme at the Golden Globes 2019," 6 Jan. 2019 One of them is that a fun beer-and-pretzel game should have some mix of skill and luck. Jonathan Kay, WSJ, "Scrabble Is a Lousy Game," 4 Oct. 2018 Finish off your visit with an ice-cold beer and pretzel among the blooms in the Beer Garden. Emily Hines, Indianapolis Star, "See Indianapolis from a new perspective with these 7 postcard-worthy sites," 22 May 2018 Eat this: Giant Bavarian pretzel served with white queso, bacon, spinach, and quinoa hash dip., "5 of the best rooftop bars and restaurants in Boston," 2 May 2018 And the Dough Boy Fresh Pretzel Co. food truck will be serving fresh batches of pretzel rolls inside the taproom starting at 2 p.m., donating a portion of sales. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Restaurant and bar fundraisers for Ellicott City flood victims," 30 May 2018 It will be served on a pretzel roll and comes with one choice of side. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Fried Twinkies, ribs and American beer: Fourth of July specials to hit up around Chicago," 4 July 2017 Create a sign post from large pretzel rods and attach sign with loops of red string licorice. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Barn," 19 Nov. 2018 Make wood piles: Cut pretzel rods in half to make stacks for the fireplace. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Build the Ultimate Rustic Gingerbread House With These Easy-to-Follow Stencils," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of pretzel

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pretzel

German Brezel, ultimately from Latin brachiatus having branches like arms, from brachium arm — more at brace

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The first known use of pretzel was in 1831

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English Language Learners Definition of pretzel

: a long, thin piece of bread that is usually salted and shaped like a knot or stick


pret·​zel | \ ˈpret-səl How to pronounce pretzel (audio) \

Kids Definition of pretzel

: a brown cracker that is salted and is often shaped like a loose knot

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