: 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.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This fine-dining style presentation will offer an array of menu options, including artichoke and parmesan soup with rye croutons and warm apple strudel topped with a vanilla sauce during the winter. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 31 Oct. 2022 After offering a barebones version of its fest in 2020 and 2021, the oompah band-playing, lederhosen-sporting, strudel-serving celebration returns in full force over two weekends. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 16 Sep. 2022 German food available includes bratwurst and sauerkraut, chicken schnitzel, pretzels and apple strudel. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 15 Sep. 2022 Kitchen will serve soft pretzels, bratwurst, and strudel, and free beer will be awarded to those with the best lederhosen and dirndl. Maya Homan,, 16 Sep. 2022 Enjoy traditional German food including chicken schnitzel, Bavarian white bratwurst with sauerkraut and strudel, plus Oktoberfest beers from Spaten, Goose Island and Mikerphone Brewing. Samantha Nelson, Chicago Tribune, 14 Sep. 2022 Icon Park’s Oktoberfest, featuring German beers, polkas, strudel and more, begins on the I-Drive attraction’s central lawn. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 14 Sep. 2022 Icon Park, the International Drive entertainment complex, will launch its first Oktoberfest — featuring German beers, polkas and strudel — in mid-September. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 29 Aug. 2022 The German Corner Apple strudel; Bavarian cream puff; bottled water; brats; Bierwurst; German cheesecake; German potato salad; pork schnitzel; potato pancakes; red cabbage; Reuben sandwich; sauerkraut; soft drinks. The Indianapolis Star, 25 July 2022 See More

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Word History


German, literally, whirlpool

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of strudel was in 1881


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“Strudel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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

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