Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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  • AUNT EM
    Well, don't start posing for it now. Here,
    here -- can't work on an empty stomach.
    Have some crullers.

    July 9, 2010

  • 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