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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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 Auntie Anne's: Buy a classic pretzel and get one free with a coupon good through June 18. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Lots of buy one, get one deals today for National Best Friends Day," 8 June 2018 The Cavs are easily twisted into a pretzel by Golden State’s movement, and the result is constant open looks at or near the rim for the Dubs. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Kevin Durant Shows Why the Warriors Need Him With Dominant Game 3 Performance," 7 June 2018 Perhaps even more captivating was Beatrice’s pale pink headpiece topped with a giant bow that drew comparisons to a pretzel. Maria Pasquini,, "Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie Opt for Subtle Headwear While Attending the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 The company is known for its diverse portfolio of restaurant concepts — everything from a Navy Pier stand selling ice pops and pretzels to top-grossing restaurants like RPM Steak and Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab. Greg Trotter,, "Lettuce Entertain You restaurant empire to phase out plastic straws at its 120 restaurants," 20 June 2018 Four years ago, Pickles Pub began to make its own bread and pretzels. Anna Muckerman,, "Pickles Pub to open doughnut shop next to Camden Yards location, second bar in Dundalk," 18 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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