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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Insert 2 thin pretzel sticks at top edge of cupcake and use buttercream to attach marshmallow ears; pipe pink buttercream inside. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spring Animal Cupcakes," 7 Mar. 2019 Serve pretzel bites with cheese dip and/or mustard alongside. Do Ahead: Pretzel dough before rises can be made 1 day ahead. Bon Appetit, "Pretzel Bites," 19 Mar. 2018 The prints feature a bulldog or pretzels, with more — tacos, avocado toast, and llamas, coming throughout the summer. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "After Having 2 Kids, Chrissy Teigen's Got the Best Parenting Philosophy," 29 Apr. 2019 The traditional menu includes favorites such as giant Bavarian pretzels, Wienerschnitzel and potato pancakes. Vincent Crampton,, "Explore Florida's Seminole County: Tradition plus Gemütlichkeit equal Hollerbach’s success," 6 May 2018 In 2010, the company merged with pretzel maker Snyder’s of Hanover to become Snyder’s-Lance. Hannah Lang, charlotteobserver, "Snyder's-Lance had a tumultuous 105th year. Here's what's ahead for the snack maker.," 21 June 2018 On my first visit, a server touted the Bavarian pretzel bites. Polly Campbell,, "Matt the Miller's Tavern: Right down the middle," 25 Jan. 2018 Top evenly with the pretzel mixture, then top with the strawberry-gelatin mixture in an even layer. Susan Selasky, charlotteobserver, "Celebrate the Fourth with minimal fuss, maximum flavor," 3 July 2018 Quickly pour warm syrup over popcorn and pretzel mixture. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "The Artisinal Cracker Jack Recipe You Never Knew You Needed So Badly," 10 Oct. 2013

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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 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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