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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Inside, his mother, Joan, 79, arranges rows of bananas and Ziploc bags of pretzels and popcorn on a table for the children. Oona Goodin-smith,, "Thanks to a school custodian, Ambler students are getting the homework help they need," 6 June 2019 Hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, chicken tenders with sauces and more are available., "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 26 June 2019 By 1994 their pretzels, which featured an American Gothic — style portrait of Paul and Nell on the package, were the number one organic snack food in the country. Alexandra Styron, Town & Country, "Pop's Stars: Paul Newman's Daughters Now," 31 Dec. 2012 Food is included in price and includes a light meal of a sandwich and chips, plus a soft-baked pretzel. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: June 10-16," 9 June 2019 For a true biergarten experience, King Ludwig's serves up giant pretzels and refillable steins at outdoor picnic tables. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2019," 6 June 2019 There were also fries, mini pizzas, lemonades served in actual lemons, and men handing out pretzels on their head... Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Every Detail You Missed at Kylie Jenner’s Daughter’s Outrageous First Birthday Party," 11 Feb. 2019 Campbell has also sought to broaden its business beyond soup, most recently with its acquisition this year of Snyder’s-Lance pretzels and nuts for $6.1 billion including debt. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "Campbell Names Mark Clouse New CEO," 20 Dec. 2018 In this bar, art glass featuring pretzels and mugs of beer will be found, along with the original 19th century woodwork, bar, furniture and decorative elements. Emily Hines, Indianapolis Star, "See Indianapolis from a new perspective with these 7 postcard-worthy sites," 22 May 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 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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