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

  • noun A sweet bun marked on top with a cross of frosting, traditionally eaten during Lent.

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

  • noun A bun or cake marked with a cross of icing, and intended to be eaten on Good Friday; called also cross bun.

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  • noun A bun, made with yeast and containing spices, currants and candied fruit, with a cross marked on the top, traditionally eaten on Good Friday in Christian countries.

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

  • noun moderately sweet raised roll containing spices and raisins and citron and decorated with a cross-shaped sugar glaze


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  • Hot cross buns,

    Hot cross buns,

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    Hot Cross Buns

    A hot cross bun is a type of sweet spiced bun made with currants and leavened with yeast. It has a cross on the top which might be made in a variety of ways: it could be pastry, made from a simple flour and water mixture, cut from rice paper and glazed onto the bun, iced, or simply cut into the bun itself.

    In many historically Christian countries, the buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday, with the cross standing as a symbol of the crucifixion. They are believed by some to pre-date Christianity, although the first recorded use of the term "hot cross bun" is not until 1733.


    January 31, 2008