/pret"seuhl/, n.
1. a crisp, dry biscuit, usually in the form of a knot or stick, salted on the outside.
2. a larger version of this, made of soft, chewy bread dough.
[1815-25, Amer.; < G Pretzel, var. of Bretzel; OHG brizzila < ML bracellus BRACELET]

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      a brittle, glazed-and-salted cracker of German or Alsatian origin. Made from a rope of dough typically fashioned into the shape of a loose knot, the pretzel is briefly boiled and then glazed with egg, salted, and baked. Pretzels are customarily eaten as a snack with beer.

      In many large cities the soft pretzel is a familiar commodity sold hot, often with mustard, from the pushcarts of street vendors. Dry, nut-brown hard pretzels in a variety of configurations, including thick and thin knots, sticks, and nuggets, are commercially packaged in the United States and elsewhere and marketed on a wide scale.

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