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 Our crew tried animal crackers, strawberries, pretzel twists and graham crackers and ranked them all in order of preference. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need to make Funfetti dip at home," 25 June 2020 Paradise Meadow is nestled in a mountain bowl at 7,100 feet and spans nearly a half-mile across, cut by a pretzel-like brook that forms the headwaters of Hat Creek. Tom Stienstra,, "The case for visiting Lassen, California’s first national park to fully reopen during coronavirus," 24 June 2020 Starting at roughly 9, Mr. Schorner took odd jobs to help support his family and found his future profession while working at a pretzel bakery. Emily Heil,, "Dieter Schorner, acclaimed pastry chef who revived creme brulee, dies at 83," 24 June 2020 Auntie Anne's created a DIY pretzel kit, Dunkin' was selling donut decorating kits, and now Insomnia is selling huge batches of their cookie dough. Mary Honkus,, "Insomnia Cookies Is Selling Their Cookie Dough in 5 Flavors So You Can Make Them at Home," 15 June 2020 The menu includes Hungarian bratwurst, Bavarian pretzel or leberkäse sandwich. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Guide to Milwaukee-area beer gardens, 2020 safety protocols edition," 3 June 2020 The airline is phasing service back in, starting with cans of water and a snack package that includes pretzels, cheddar cheese squares and ranch bagel chips on flights of more than 250 miles, Southwest spokesman Brian Parrish said. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Water and snacks are coming back at Southwest Airlines, but no booze for now," 20 May 2020 For this shortcut, divide your dough into 4 to 6 equal portions and shape into pretzels (or roll into a log and cut into nuggets for bite-size treats!) then brush with egg wash and a sprinkle of coarse salt. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Use This Versatile 2-Ingredient Dough to Make Pizza, Donuts, and More," 19 May 2020 Founded by Bill and Salie Utz, the company makes potato chips, pretzels, cheese balls and other snacks under the brands Utz, Bachman and Golden Flake. Crystal Tse,, "Utz Is in Merger Talks With Blank-Check Firm Collier," 13 May 2020

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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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5 Jul 2020

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“Pretzel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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