pum·​per·​nick·​el ˈpəm-pər-ˌni-kəl How to pronounce pumpernickel (audio)
: a dark coarse sourdough bread made of unbolted rye flour

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And this creation offered the choice between rye and pumpernickel. Leslie Kelly, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2023 If he’s always wanted to try the pumpernickel and rye swirl bread, go for it. Author: Anne Wolfe Postic, Entrée, Anchorage Daily News, 25 July 2021 Served on sourdough or pumpernickel, this garish-and-gooey limited-run sandwich ($10) will be available June 3-6 at Pom Pom’s in Orlando’s Milk District. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 1 June 2021 The pumpernickel bagel with olive cream cheese is absolutely fire, salty and crunchy. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 4 Nov. 2022 Rye or pumpernickel, whole wheat, sourdough, herbed focaccia or the almost-as-traditional cornbread cubes all add their own individual flavor. Casey Barber, CNN, 14 Nov. 2022 Country white, hearty wheat, oatmeal or – a favorite of Hall's – pumpernickel. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 30 Oct. 2022 Then the palate opens up with a bit of sweetness, some pumpernickel and chocolate babka notes, followed by a bit of dry rye spice and even a bit of balsamic vinegar on the back end. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 29 Oct. 2022 Rich copper rye with a complex aroma, and notes of toasted pumpernickel, plum, fig, and sweet tobacco. The Courier-Journal, 12 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1738, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pumpernickel was in 1738

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Cite this Entry

“Pumpernickel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pumpernickel. Accessed 30 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


pum·​per·​nick·​el ˈpəm-pər-ˌnik-əl How to pronounce pumpernickel (audio)
: a dark coarse somewhat sour rye bread

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