A doughnut is a delicious, deep-fried breakfast treat. Most doughnuts are round and have a hole in the center. Some have frosting and sprinkles, too.

You can also call a doughnut a donut, a slightly more common way to spell it in North America. There are different types of doughnuts, but they're all made of sweet dough that's usually fried (but sometimes baked). Many bakeries that specialize in doughnuts also sell doughnut holes, small enough to pop in your mouth. The very earliest doughnuts were probably the olykoek, or "oil cakes" brought to New York by 19th century Dutch settlers.

Definitions of doughnut
  1. noun
    a toroidal shape
    synonyms: anchor ring, annulus, halo, ring
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    fairy circle, fairy ring
    a ring of fungi marking the periphery of the perennial underground growth of the mycelium
    type of:
    the doughnut-shaped object enclosed by a torus
  2. noun
    a small ring-shaped friedcake
    synonyms: donut, 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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