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

  • n. A small crisp piece of toasted or fried bread.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small, often seasoned, piece of dry or fried bread.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Bread cut in various forms, and fried lightly in butter or oil, to garnish hashes, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small piece of bread dipped in melted butter and toasted in the oven, or fried in hot butter or fat: used in soups and to garnish various types of stewed dishes.

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

  • n. a small piece of toasted or fried bread; served in soup or salads

Etymologies

French croûton, diminutive of croûte, crust, from Old French crouste, from Latin crūsta; see kreus- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French croûton. (Wiktionary)

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