from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Chiefly Northeastern, Central Atlantic, & Upper Northern US A small, usually ring-shaped or twisted cake of sweet dough fried in deep fat.
  • noun Chiefly New England & Pennsylvania An unraised doughnut, usually twisted but also shaped into rings or oblongs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A cake cut from rolled dough made of eggs, butter, sugar, flour, etc., fried to crispness in boiling lard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A kind of sweet cake cut in strips and curled or twisted, and fried crisp in boiling fat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US A donut / doughnut in the form of a twisted ring

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

  • noun small friedcake formed into twisted strips and fried; richer than doughnuts


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

[From obsolete Dutch krulle-koken, rolled-up cake, from Middle Dutch crulle-koken, to curl, from crulle, curly.]



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  • She saw the street cleaners sweeping the streets and she looked in at the bakery on Parsnip Lane and saw the bakers taking hot loaves of pumpernickel out of the oven and powdering crullers with sugar dust.

    - William Steig, The Amazing Bone

    September 29, 2008


    Well, don't start posing for it now. Here,

    here -- can't work on an empty stomach.

    Have some crullers.

    July 9, 2010