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

Examples of pretzel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cocktails, wines, and beers from local breweries are on the menu, perfect to accompany the specialty pretzel or jalapeño dip. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 26 May 2021 This caused my head to ache as if my brain were being twisted into a pretzel. cleveland, 11 May 2021 The giant pretzel comes with a Guinness cheese sauce. Susan Dunne,, 1 May 2021 You'll be transported to your favorite mall food court with just a sip; better grab a hot pretzel for the full effect. Casey Barber, CNN, 1 May 2021 Wetzel's Pretzels: All guests can get a free pretzel after 3 p.m. Monday. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2021 Beer Garden has notes of green moss and the scents of tropical sunscreens, cracked wood and a buttery fresh-baked pretzel. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Mar. 2021 The scene exposes how insidiously childhood logic twists events into a kind of poisonous pretzel, infinite and self-perpetuating. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 30 Mar. 2021 The Schwab features German beers on tap, a full-service bar and food, like authentic Hungarian bratwurst, Bavarian pretzel and leberkäse sandwich, according to its website. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Apr. 2021

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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 entry 2

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The first known use of pretzel was in 1831

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12 Jun 2021

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“Pretzel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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