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 Transfer the pretzel mixture to a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and, using the bottom of a measuring cup, press into an even layer. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 But the cookies carry over to Valentine’s Day, too, because the pretzel garnish looks just like a little heart. Kate Krader, Fortune, 12 Feb. 2022 Fresh pretzel bites covered in nacho cheese, sour cream, jalapeños and bacon bits. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 6 July 2022 Ledo Pizza has a Tax Day pizza and pretzel special Monday. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2022 Fans can pick from a free original or cinnamon sugar pretzel, and the offer can be redeemed either in-store or online. Sabrina Weiss,, 25 Apr. 2022 Max crumples to the floor, alive but bent like a pretzel. Randall Colburn,, 4 July 2022 It's topped with coarse pretzel salt and fresh cut jalapeños. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 28 June 2022 We were also offered Stellar pretzel braids and Biscoff cookies. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 21 June 2022 See More

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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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“Pretzel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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