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Definition of strudel

: a pastry made from a thin sheet of dough rolled up with filling and baked apple strudel

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Strudel Has German Roots

The word strudel first appeared in English in the late 19th century, but the confection the word refers to is likely much older. The strudel is Austrian in origin, and its name comes from the German word Strudel, meaning "whirlpool" - which the pastry resembles when cut to reveal its thin sheet of dough rolled around the filling. Strudels can be sweet or savory, but the sweet apple strudel is the most famous.

Examples of strudel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your four-course dinner includes foie gras, black truffle strudel and stunning views of the Maroon Bells. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Mountain restaurants you can only reach by ski, snowshoe or sleigh," 22 Jan. 2020 Glockenspiel, the most prominent German restaurant in Oregon’s Bavarian village of Mount Angel, has closed after more than a decade of pork schnitzel and apple strudel a la mode. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Glockenspiel restaurant, Mount Angel’s German flagship, has closed," 4 Feb. 2020 Make sure to try kebabs, lamb shank and stuffed cabbage specialties at the weekend-long event and satisfy your sweet tooth with palacinke, thin central European pancakes; Serbian doughnuts; and strudel. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Here are 6 upcoming festivals where you can try international foods in metro Phoenix," 30 Oct. 2019 Head to the Budenstrasse for gifts and collectibles, food stands for sausage and strudel, or the Kinder Garten for carnival games, a mechanical bull and a bounce house. Sara Cagle, Los Angeles Times, "Fund raisers and folk dancing and more for your Southern California weekend," 2 Oct. 2019 Apple strudel, hot sausages, schnitzel with sauerkraut, gingerbread cookies, warm cider and melty raclette cheese carved off the wheel onto slices of bread are just some of what this old-fashioned European market offers around a grand skating rink. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The holiday food events in Indianapolis you don't want to miss this Christmas," 21 Nov. 2019 According to Kehne, visitors will find a variety of German fare, including bratwurst, hot dogs, potato with bacon soup, apple strudels and hot apple cider. Lois Szymanski,, "At Union Mills Homestead’s Christkindlmarkt, German heritage takes the focus," 12 Nov. 2019 The dessert options are pumpkin pie, apple strudel or a vegan vanilla ice cream sundae. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Here are 10 restaurants in Palm Beach County that will do Thanksgiving for you," 29 Oct. 2019 The food and beverage offerings include German and domestic beer, Bavarian sausages, sauerkraut, steamed pretzels, strudel and more. La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada area events: Oktoberfest celebrations, ‘Carved’ at Descanso, Book & Author luncheon and more," 1 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of strudel

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for strudel

German, literally, whirlpool

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The first known use of strudel was in 1881

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15 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Strudel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of strudel

: a German pastry made of thin dough rolled up with fruit filling and baked

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