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

  • n. A glazed, brittle biscuit that is usually salted on the outside and baked in the form of a loose knot or a stick.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A toasted bread or cracker usually in the shape of a loose knot.
  • n. Anything that is knotted, twisted, or tangled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of German biscuit or cake in the form of a twisted ring, salted on the outside.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small brittle biscuit, usually baked in the form of a knot, and salted on the outside; a cracknel.

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

  • n. glazed and salted cracker typically in the shape of a loose knot

Etymologies

German Brezel, Pretzel, from Middle High German brēzel, prēzel, from Old High German brezitella, from Medieval Latin *brāchitellum, diminutive of Latin bracchiātus, branched, from bracchium, arm, from Greek brakhīōn, upper arm.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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