from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly Northeastern, Central Atlantic, & Upper Northern U.S. A small, usually ring-shaped or twisted cake of sweet dough fried in deep fat.
- n. Chiefly New England & Pennsylvania An unraised doughnut, usually twisted but also shaped into rings or oblongs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A donut / doughnut in the form of a twisted ring
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of sweet cake cut in strips and curled or twisted, and fried crisp in boiling fat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cake cut from rolled dough made of eggs, butter, sugar, flour, etc., fried to crispness in boiling lard.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small friedcake formed into twisted strips and fried; richer than doughnuts
From obsolete Dutch krulle-koken, rolled-up cake, from Middle Dutch crulle-koken, to curl, from crulle, curly.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)