pret·zel | \ˈpret-səl \

Definition of pretzel 

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

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On the menu: The idea from the beginning was to keep the food light and lunch-like, featuring sandwiches on pretzel rolls, coffee and a few cocktails. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs and NWI: Zodiac Lounge in Crown Point," 6 July 2018 In large bowl, combine shredded coconut, pretzels, rice flour, coconut oil, sugar, and cocoa. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Gluten-Free Chocolate Ganache Tart," 2 Nov. 2016 For a heartier snack, Or Gallery and Tavern serves up small bites like Spanish corn nuts, homemade pretzels, and salmon pate. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "Take A Weekend Getaway In Hudson, New York," 16 Sep. 2016 Prices: Appetizers and small bites run $6 to $14, salads $11 to $13, street tacos $9 to $14, sandwiches and wraps $10 to $15, and burgers $11 to $18 ($3 extra for gluten-free bun or $1 for pretzel bun). Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Girl in the Park in Orland Park," 5 July 2018 There will be also be pretzel buns, cookies, shaved ice made by the students, and cold brew from Joe Coffee. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Korean Food Under a Japanese Influence, at the Bari," 8 May 2018 Burgers like the Abe Froman topped with knockwurst, The Sophia Loren with mozzarella and artichoke pesto and The G.O.A.T. with goat cheese and spicy candied bacon, all served on pretzel buns. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Naperville Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Empire Burgers & Brew in Naperville," 8 July 2018 The menu will reflect some of the restaurant's customer favorites like a Bavarian pretzel with sweet German mustard sauce and beer cheese. Brian Todd, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's Bavarian Inn Restaurant teases food truck debut," 30 June 2018 The fried chicken sandwich, on a pretzel bun, had an unusual breading of super-coarse and somewhat gritty cornmeal, but the juicy chicken thigh within was a winner. Kate Washington, sacbee, "It’s good to be back: Celestin’s revives its particular brand of gumbo and grace," 22 June 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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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 \

Kids Definition of pretzel

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

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