Pretzel meaning

prĕt'səl
A glazed, brittle biscuit that is usually salted on the outside and baked in the form of a loose knot or stick.
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A usually hard, brittle biscuit made from a slender roll of dough heavily sprinkled with salt and typically baked in the form of a loose knot or as a stick.
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A toasted bread or cracker usually in the shape of a loose knot.
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Anything that is knotted, twisted, or tangled.
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Origin of pretzel

  • German Brezel from Middle High German brēzel, prēzel from Old High German brēzila, brezzitella from Medieval Latin bracellus alteration of Medieval Latin brāchiātellus diminutive of Latin bracchiātus having branches like arms (in reference to the traditional form of a pretzel said to be made to look like arms folded in prayer) from bracchium arm from Greek brakhīōn upper arm mregh-u- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From German Pretzel, Brezel, from Medieval Latin *brachiatellum, from diminutive of Latin bracchium (“arm"); named for the appearance of arms folded in prayer.
    From Wiktionary