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One entry found for pretzel.
Main Entry: pret·zel
Pronunciation: primarystresspret-sschwal
Function: noun
Etymology: from German Brezel "pretzel," derived from Latin brachiatus (adjective) "having branches like arms," from brachium, "arm" --related to 2BRACE
: a brown cracker that is salted and usually hard and shaped like a loose knot
Word History Pretzels were probably first made in the United States during the 19th century by immigrants from Germany. The English word pretzel comes from the German Brezel. The familiar knot-shaped pretzel has been known in Germanic countries for centuries. Its German name comes from the Latin brachiatus, which means "having branches like arms." The pretzel seems to have got its name because its knot shape looks something like a pair of folded arms.

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