croissant[krə sänt′; Fr krwȧ sän′]
a rich, flaky bread roll made in the shape of a crescent
Origin of croissantFrench literally , crescent: used in 19th circa to translate German hörnchen (lit., little horn); such rolls or cakes, shaped like the emblem of Turkey, were originated in Vienna to celebrate defeat of the Turks in 1689
A rich, crescent-shaped roll of leavened dough or puff pastry.
Origin of croissantFrench, from Old French creissant, croissant, crescent; see Crescent .