Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bun indented with a cross, used especially on Good Friday.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A bun or cake marked with a cross of icing, and intended to be eaten on Good Friday; also, called
hot cross bun, even when not hot.
- n. moderately sweet raised roll containing spices and raisins and citron and decorated with a cross-shaped sugar glaze
“To complete the resemblance between a Moslem and a Christian festival, we have dishes of the day, fish, Shurayk, the cross-bun, and a peculiarly indigestible cake, called in Egypt Kahk,4 the plum-pudding of Al-Islam.”
“At a recent meeting of the British Archæological Association, Mr.H. Syer Cuming, F.S.A., said it was only a few years since he saw a woman drink a little grated cross-bun in water, to cure a sore throat, and that, at the time he was speaking, twenty stale cross-buns, strung on”
“He waved a gay farewell, threw his arm round the waist of the hot cross-bun, and waltzed out of the Colonel's vision.”
“Round came the false nose again, and this time the empurpled figure unclasped one hand of the hot cross-bun and waved a genial greeting as they stampeded by.”
“This object is described in hieroglyphic dictionaries as a "cake," and it certainly does resemble a kind of hot cross-bun frequently represented in pictures of offerings; but the sign (pronounced nu) is really intended for a walled town, with”
“On April 18, (being Good-Friday,) I found him at breakfast, in his usual manner upon that day, drinking tea without milk, and eating a cross-bun to prevent faintness; we went to St. Clement's church, as formerly.”
“On April 18, (being Good-Friday,) I found him at breakfast, in his usual manner upon that day, drinking tea without milk, and eating a cross-bun to prevent faintness; we went to St. Clement’s church, as formerly.”
“a little lady attired to represent a hot cross-bun.”
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