A danish is a sweet breakfast roll filled with custard, jam, or marzipan. If you're invited to brunch at a friend's house, she'll be happy to see you arrive with a box of danishes.

If you order coffee and a danish at a diner, you'll get a flaky, buttery pastry topped with cheese or fruit — not a person from Denmark. The word is short for "danish pastry," which is actually called wienerbrød, or "Viennese bread" in Denmark. The popular history of the danish involves a strike by Danish bakery workers which led bakeries to hire Austrian bakers, who brought their own recipes for pastries rich with butter and egg.

Definitions of danish
  1. noun
    light sweet yeast-raised roll usually filled with fruits or cheese
    synonyms: danish pastry
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    type of:
    coffee roll, sweet roll
    any of numerous yeast-raised sweet rolls with our without raisins or nuts or spices or a glaze
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