stol·​len ˈshtō-lən How to pronounce stollen (audio)
plural stollen or stollens
: a sweet yeast bread of German origin containing fruit and nuts

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Common examples: brioche, challah, stollen and panettone. Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2021 There’s also a high tea that day, promising stollen and Yule logs. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Nov. 2019 Highlights: Make your first stop — and come back on your way out of town — the Bavarian Bakery, and pray mightily that owner and baker Berthold Timmerman coaxed an apple strudel or marzipan stollen from the oven a half-hour before., 20 May 2018 Three miles east is Kruta Bakery, a fourth-generation business that specializes in stollen, made with 10 types of fillings. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Apr. 2018 Money was raised not only through the sale of stollen oil, but through agriculture and through well organized and enforced taxation. Longreads, 6 Apr. 2018 Many were classics: More than one of you sent in a recipe for stollen, fruitcake, molasses or ginger cookies, pfeffernüsse or sugar cookies. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Dec. 2017 Our fruitcake is Italy’s panettone is Germany’s stollen. Daniel Neman, sacbee, 19 Dec. 2017 My grandma, Harriett Ritter, would make vanillekipferl, stollen, schaum torte, pfeffernuesse, lebkuchen — all would make an appearance during the holiday season. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Dec. 2017 See More

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Word History


German, literally, post, support, from Old High German stollo — more at stela

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stollen was in 1906

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Cite this Entry

“Stollen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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