A donut is a round, deep fried cake, usually with a hole in the center. Your favorite breakfast might be a chocolate donut and a cup of coffee.

The word donut is primarily used in the US as an alternative spelling to "doughnut." Either way you spell it, a donut is a delicious, sweet treat that's often glazed or iced, and comes in different varieties, including donuts filled with jelly or cream. Donut historians disagree about the origin of the fried delicacy, although there's consensus that "dough-nuts" were first mentioned in print in 1808, while the donut spelling became popular about 100 years later.

Definitions of donut
  1. noun
    a small ring-shaped friedcake
    synonyms: doughnut, sinker
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    raised doughnut
    a doughnut made light with yeast rather than baking powder
    Berlin doughnut, bismark, jelly doughnut
    a raised doughnut filled with jelly or jam
    doughnut traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday
    type of:
    small cake in the form of a ring or twist or ball or strip fried in deep fat
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