from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rich, crescent-shaped roll of leavened dough or puff pastry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flaky roll or pastry in a form of a crescent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Crescent.
  • n. A crescent.
  • n. In armor, the gusset of plate when crescent-shaped: a form which was adopted in the early part of the fifteenth century, especially for the defense of the armpit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. very rich flaky crescent-shaped roll


French, from Old French creissant, croissant, crescent; see crescent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French croissant ("crescent"), present participle of croître (“to grow”). (Wiktionary)


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