pum·​per·​nick·​el | \ ˈpəm-pər-ˌni-kəl How to pronounce pumpernickel (audio) \

Definition of pumpernickel

: a dark coarse sourdough bread made of unbolted rye flour

Examples of pumpernickel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another quintessential German comfort and street food, reibekuchen are often served with apple sauce, on black pumpernickel rye bread or with treacle (a type of syrup). Marcel Krueger, CNN, 22 Oct. 2021 High praise from the family’s matriarch of pickles and pumpernickel. David Hochman, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Dark rye is whole-grain rye, also called pumpernickel. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Sep. 2021 Food arrived at the table accompanied by dense pumpernickel bread. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, 12 Aug. 2021 Gravlax of salmon was silky and mildly flavored with a sauce gribiche, salmon roe and caper berries with thinly sliced pumpernickel. John Mariani, Forbes, 11 June 2021 One problem: Most rye and pumpernickel bread in grocery stores is made with refined flours. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, 12 Apr. 2021 Gottlieb’s made deli rye, corn rye, onion rye, seedless rye, rye rolls and marbled rye with swirls of pumpernickel. New York Times, 19 Jan. 2021 Her blueberry swamp pie is an instant hit, but don't skip over the savories — Reuben pie on pumpernickel crust is next on our list. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of pumpernickel

1738, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pumpernickel

German, from pumpern to break wind + Nickel goblin; from its reputed indigestibility

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“Pumpernickel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pumpernickel. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pumpernickel

: a heavy and dark type of bread made from rye


pum·​per·​nick·​el | \ ˈpəm-pər-ˌni-kəl How to pronounce pumpernickel (audio) \

Kids Definition of pumpernickel

: a dark rye bread

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