sim·​nel ˈsim-nᵊl How to pronounce simnel (audio)
: a bun or bread of fine wheat flour
British : a rich fruitcake sometimes coated with almond paste and baked for mid-Lent, Easter, and Christmas

Examples of simnel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of the three British mothers Answer Man spoke with, only one had made a simnel. John Kelly, Washington Post, 13 May 2023

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Word History


Middle English simenel, from Anglo-French, ultimately from Latin simila wheat flour

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of simnel was in the 13th century

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“Simnel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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